Coronavirus – Community Support
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Wiltshire Treehouse Charity provides grief support for children and young people across Swindon & Wiltshire. Details on how families can get help from Wiltshire Treehouse can be found at www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk
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Wiltshire Money is the lead body for financial inclusion activity within the county and aims to help people make informed financial choices and be in control of their money.
Their vision is to improve the quality of life of those in economic need through improved financial capability and better access to free money advice, financial products, services and information.
For more information please visit their website; https://wiltshiremoney.org.uk/project-and-partners
Wiltshire Council sends a Thank you to all the volunteers
We have written an open letter to say thank you and pay tribute to the 400+ community volunteer groups that have been set-up to support Wiltshire’s communities during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Wiltshire Councillor Allison Bucknell has also filmed a video thanking the groups and promoting some of our Active Communities resources for our community to try at home.
Food Bank Appeal
With some residents left particularly vulnerable by the COVID-19 situation, Wiltshire Council is encouraging people to continue to donate to their local food banks if they can.
Some of the usual locations where people may have previously donated, such as schools and places of faith, are mainly unavailable at this time, but major supermarkets have food bank trolleys in their stores and people are encouraged to buy a couple of extra items to donate if they can.
Some food banks are reporting an upsurge in demand since COVD-19, with some of the likely reasons for this including some people being furloughed and the increased costs associated with whole families being at home for more time than normal.
It is advised that items donated are non-perishable or with a decent amount of time left on the ‘use-by’ date. Among the items people can donate, and perhaps don’t think to, include shower gel, jam, tinned potatoes, instant mash potato, tinned ham, long-life milk, tinned sponge puddings, tinned custard and tinned fruit and vegetables.
The council has a local welfare assistance scheme for households who are struggling without funds, and it has also agreed to help food banks re-stock where they are running out of goods.
A list and more details of Wiltshire’s food banks can be found in the ‘community information’ section of Wiltshire Council’s COVID-19 page at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus.
People can also donate money to local charities such as the Wiltshire Community Foundation, they are providing support to food banks via their Wiltshire & Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund. More information on that can be found at https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/Coronavirus%20Fund/. Their website can be found at https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/