The mayor’s parlour has been turned into an Emergency Room in Helston as efforts step up to support residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

As of 9am today roles started being allocated to support people across the town, after almost 200 volunteers registered to help out on a Community Response Team.

However, more people are needed so that continuous support can be given from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

The idea is that volunteers will be able to carry out activities for those self isolating or having difficulties in picking up shopping, posting mail or collecting urgent supplies.

The volunteers will also be on hand to give a regular friendly phone call or check to anyone who might need it.

Dave Potter, who is helping run it, said: "We are dealing with the mundane to prevent the urgent. We're helping people who haven't received help from friends and family, or social media groups being set up.

"This group is making sure no one gets left behind."

For support call 01326 565761.

Deputy mayor Tim Grattan-Kane told councillors last week: “We have some high quality volunteers, with experience of working in these situations.

“I’d like to pay tribute to our staff who have worked tirelessly. I’m very grateful for the work of the clerk and deputy clerk for the amount of work they have done to help us put things in place and support our community."

“We’ll be in further need, but it’s a very impressive list of people that have come forward.”

To give your time fill in a registration online form on the front page of the Helston Town Council website. Alternatively call the town council on 01326 572063 or email using “Volunteer” in the subject title.