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Thursday 26 March 2020

Coronavirus employee update for Thursday 26 March 2020.

Launch of the Community Response Unit

We’ve launched our Community Response Unit which has begun taking requests for help from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to support them.

Volunteers from over 200 different organisations will be able to help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or offering a befriending service.

Help is available for people across the county if they are:

  • self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
  • struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
  • pregnant
  • have underlying health conditions
  • aged 70 or over

You may know someone in your community or through the course of your work who needs support during the coronavirus outbreak.

Thanks to all our staff who have offered to help this massive community effort. If you’d like to offer practical help as a volunteer you can do this by registering online and please ensure you complete the volunteer and skills survey which will enable us to identify those who could offer help as part of their role.

Health survey

So far only 35% of employees have completed the health survey but it’s really important that everyone fills it in to help us understand who needs support.

We’ve extended the deadline so if you haven’t already, please complete the survey online as soon as possible.

If you know a colleague who cannot complete the form electronically please help by downloading and printing a copy from Our Derbyshire

They can then return it to Occupational Health, County Hall, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG or they can scan it and email it to

The data collected will be sent to line managers and, where necessary, they will agree alternative working arrangements with you.