AN online service to help match residents' needs with local sources of support during the coronavirus crisis has been launched by the council today.

Wirral Infobank asks residents what help they need and has an easy-to-use search facility which shows what help is available near to where they live, simply by inserting their home postcode.

A spokesperson for the authority said: "The new platform will help people individuals to register to volunteer with local groups and the NHS.

"It will als allow community, voluntary and faith groups to tell us how they might be able to help and register offers of help from local businesses, match their expertise and resources with local need.

"It will also signpost to the most up-to-date national health information."

The InfoBank is part of a package of wider preparations being put in place by the local authority and partners to focus resources on the most critical services, while ensuring that residents get the information they need.

It joins the Wirral Coronavirus helpline, which was launched last Friday as a lifeline for residents.

The helpline is specifically for residents who aren't 'online', giving them access to information and support.

It has already taken more than 350 calls and is providing a valuable service, particularly for many of Wirral’s isolated and/or vulnerable residents.

Cllr Pat Hackett, Wirral Council's leader said: "The current situation has brought local organisations together like never before.

"Dozens of charities, community groups and faith groups have told us they want to help local people.

"This new online facility will play a central role in linking those offers with those looking for assistance.

"It's a great example of how so many in Wirral are working together to get through these unprecedented times."

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