CUMBRIANS have been urged to look out for each other in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Crimestoppers, an independent charity, has made the call saying that everyone should be playing a part to keep friends, family and the local community safe.

Together with partner organisations it's developed the Community Action Response initiative.

It's focussed on five things people can do to help others, these include:

Thinking of others, consider your actions and be kind - people in every community will face the challenges of Covid-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.

Connect and reach out to your neighbours - as self-isolation increases, people need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.

Make the most of local online groups - keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of the local community conversations using platforms like Nextdoor.

Support vulnerable or isolated people - different groups in local communities are at increased risk, and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things people can do to help like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks.

Share accurate information and advice- support anyone who may be anxious about Covid-19.

Signpost them to the correct advice from Public Health England, and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

The charity also said there is continuing fears about crimes and domestic violence across the county.

Gary Murray, north west regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: “It is encouraging to see and hear how communities are coming together across Cumbria during this time with people providing help and support to the vulnerable and their neighbours.

“We are asking people to remain vigilant for online scams, doorstep callers who you don’t know and to look out for those you fear could be victims of a domestic abuse situation.

"There is a lot of very useful information on our website, so please be aware, make your elderly neighbours or family aware and if you need help and support contact those organisations such as Action Fraud, Victim Support for advice and help.”

“Our Contact Centre is operating as normal for those who have information about crime and wish to report it anonymously online or by phone.

"When you hang up the phone, or send an email, that's it, you’re done."

If needed call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go online: