A voluntary group that stepped in to help isolating Workington residents in March has renewed its efforts for the latest lockdown.

Workington Community Emergency Response Group volunteers lent a hand with shopping, dog-walking and other essential tasks to help people who were shielding or self-isolating between March and July.

When restrictions eased over the summer, the group’s activities came to an end, although some volunteers continued to offer informal support.

Following the announcement that the country would face another national lockdown, the trio behind the group – Tony Wareing, Hughie Stamper and Paul Scott – decided to restart operations to help where it might be needed.

Mr Scott said: “We know there’s going to be a need and we want to make sure that need is covered, however big or small it is.

“It’s about ensuring that no-one is stuck in the house without access to essentials.

"We’re here to help.”

The group currently has a team of about 20 volunteers ready to provide help wherever it might be needed in the town.

Anyone who is self-isolating and needs assistance with anything from shopping and picking up prescriptions to posting letters or walking their dog can contact the group on Facebook, email WCERG@outlook.com or call 07950119228.

Anyone who has received a card through their door from the group this week should contact their named volunteer directly.

The group has received funding from Cumbria Community Foundation and Workington Rotary Club to enable them to offer as much help as possible.