Coronavirus – Community Support
10 July 2020 – Royal Wootton Bassett Community Group would like to say a big thank you to all involved.
06 July 2020 -The group has been operating since March and now volunteers are returning to work. They have ceased to deliver prescriptions from the end of June, with the last food boxes to be delivered on Monday 27thJuly 2020. They will however keep the list of volunteers in the event of a second wave of Coronavirus pandemic.
Please see the updated figures in the GREEN BOX that highlight what an amazing job the Royal Wootton Bassett Community Group has done since its inception on 14th March 2020.
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire thanks.
See latest advice from NHS.
Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives
Click on links below to download information on how to wash your heads to where to find community support in Wiltshire.
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
Click for Wiltshire Council and UK Government support for the community including businesses
Wiltshire Council Leisure Services Update
With all Wiltshire leisure centres closed at the current time, the council is offering free access to a comprehensive online group exercise class programme. This is a great way to stay active while working from home, shielding or simply not able to access a similar offer in a local leisure centre.
There are fitness classes available every day of the week at different times throughout the day, with the vast majority requiring no equipment. All classes are being provided through Zoom, so residents will need to have this downloaded to the device that they wish to use to join the class.
For the full class programme and details on how to access all the classes please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-online-classes
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/