A POOLE woman has set up a group to help elderly and vulnerable people survive the Coronavirus pandemic.

Concerned for family and friends, Emma Lang started the Poole Covid-19 Community Support Group.

The 24-year-old is helping neighbours stay connected, offering support to the community and tackling loneliness.

At the time of writing, her Facebook page has received more than 1,000 likes.

Meanwhile, hundreds have reportedly come forward to volunteer.

Emma's group is reaching out to people who are self-isolating, elderly or have a pre-existing medical condition and are therefore high risk.

Volunteers deliver food, essential items, prescriptions or simply make check-in-calls.

Emma, a trade union organiser, is also urging local businesses which accept orders and payment over the phone to get involved.

She started the group after speaking to her friend who is in isolation and has young children.

Emma said: "I am worried about my family and friends who have pre-existing medical conditions.

"I am shocked that the page has received more than a thousand likes. I did not expect it. Hundreds have contacted me to volunteer. So many people have wanted to help.

"It's nice to see the community come together.

"If I can stop one more person catching it then brilliant.

"There is a big gap in help for people self-isolating. I have a grandma in Wales and she has to rely on neighbours and friends.

"I want to make sure people in the community can get supplies.

"If you are going to the shops you might as well pick something up for your neighbours."

For more information visit www.facebook.com/PooleCovid19CommunitySupport.