CORONAVIRUS

For latest Government advice about Covid-19 see

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

This page is devoted to parish support for Coronavirus.

Updates will appear with the latest at the top.

For Local Support from a Volunteer in Cold Higham Parish call 01327 830521 or email cvhelpchpc@gmail.com

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UPDATE 30 MAY 20

South Northants Council have produced a number of support facilities during lockdown.

There is also lots more general Covid-19 support on their website.

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27 Apr 20

A Message from Towcester Foodbank

Dear Member of the Clergy, Parish Councillor, Community Leader

There are now two ways of getting food to people in Towcester and surrounding villages:

  • The Foodbank is for those who are in financial difficulty, for whatever reason, and struggling to pay for food
  • Community Larder is for those who are self-isolating and unable to get out to shop.

Towcester Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust, has a mission to end food poverty in NN12, through working collaboratively with other local agencies.

Amidst the confusion we believe there are people in your area who are in financial need being fed by Community Larder rather than being given a voucher for Towcester Foodbank. This means they are being denied access to agencies which can help them with their financial difficulty.

Community Larder

Foodbank

Target Client: those self-isolating who can afford food

Target Client: those in financial difficulty who struggle to afford food

What people get:

What people get:

Small weekly food parcel

Nutritionally –balanced parcel based on number of people in the household, ranging from c11kg - c30kg of food.

Additional bag of extras: toiletries, loo roll, nappies, pet food to match client's needs

A subscription service, not normally available in South Northants, but here for duration of Covid lockdown, free of charge

Established service in the community, free of charge, both during and after Covid lockdown.

Weekly delivery

Deliveries at least twice-weekly by DBS-checked drivers with safeguarding training

Contact-less service. Referrals made by anyone to register client for the service. Details sent to depot in Towcester, bags delivered by drivers.

Contact-less service. Referrals made by registered referral agencies issuing a voucher (also obtainable from SNC Money Advice Team on 01327 322107) to SNC Community Hub where orders taken and personalised food parcels delivered by drivers as often as required.

Additional access to debt and benefit advice and housing options team, help with rent or mortgage arrears, through Foodbank Voucher Holders, to enable client to improve their financial situation

The Foodbank has voucher holders throughout the community including the clergy, surgeries, schools, SNC Money Advice Team, SNC Housing Options Team and local Housing Associations who are able to help our clients with their financial issues. If you are an existing voucher holder who wants to issue e-vouchers please contact vouchers@towcester.foodbank.org.uk. If you know someone who needs a voucher, but not how to generate one, you or your client can ring the Money Advice Team on 01327 322107 and ask for a voucher.

We look forward to hearing from you

Trustees of Towcester Foodbank. 24 April 2020

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25 Apr 20

Keep Active and Well at Home during COVID-19

South Northants Council have a useful section on their web site with ideas about keeping active at home.

See

https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/3/healthy-communities/193/keep-active-and-well-at-home-during-covid-19

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A Message from Anglia Water - 19 Apr 20

Anglian Water (AW) has asked parish councils to advertise the fact that some residents, including those people who are self-isolating due to Coronavirus can register for free, additional practical support from AW's Priority Services. Some of the ways being on the Priority Services Register could help include help with reading the water meter, a knock and wait service where AW will wait longer for the door to be answered when visiting, and a scheme to protect people from bogus callers and scams. Registration is quick and easy! To find out more about Priority Services and to sign up call Anglian Water on: 0800 919 155 or visit http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/help-and-advice/extra-support/priority-services/

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UPDATE 24 MAR 20

CORONAVIRUS

A message from Cold Higham Parish Council – No 2 (24/3/20)

Free Food for the Most Vulnerable

Dear Parishioner

The Parish has been offered the opportunity to take part in a scheme for redistributing surplus food from Supermarkets to the most vulnerable FOR FREE during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is first and foremost for those who are suffering significant loss of income as a result of the current situation, especially if they have dependents. Those in isolation can be helped in other ways.

The food will consist of tins, sauces, bread, and some fresh - whatever is available on the day.

This will be distributed by the parish council every Wednesday afternoon, starting on 1 Apr 20. It will have to be collected from the Parish Hall in Cold Higham by ONE member of each applicable household.

IS ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD:

  1. First Priority:
    1. Now out of work, having lost your job since 1 Mar 20?
    2. Suffering significant loss of income for some other reason?
  2. Second Priority (in order):
    1. In receipt of a letter from the NHS asking you to remain at home for 12 weeks? (In this case we will arrange delivery to you).
    2. Self- isolating due to age (over 70) or other vulnerability?
    3. In any other difficulty?

In all cases, proof will be required of the stated need.

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE AND YOU NEED HELP THEN YOU MUST:

Please register with the email address below sending some proof of your situation, or if you cannot email then ring me - see below.

We do not know exactly what food will be made available, but each week we will allocate whatever we receive to the most needy, and they will be told to attend the parish hall at a given time – WITH THEIR OWN BAGS. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THE PARISH COUNCIL.

There will be checks and paperwork to complete before collecting the food.

IT IS VITAL TO FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR SAKE AND FOR THE SAKE OF OUR KIND VOLUNTEERS. PLEASE THEREFORE OBEY ALL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LETTER. THANK YOU.

Digby Carter Chairman, Cold Higham Parish Council

cvhelpchpc@gmail.com

01327 830521

Keep updated on www.coldhigham-pc.gov.uk

Thanks to those who have volunteered to help – we could do with some more please.

For data protection purposes, information will be held on a personal computer and used only for the specific purpose of helping during the Coronavirus period. After that it will be destroyed.

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UPDATE 18 MAR 20

CORONAVIRUS

A message from Cold Higham Parish Council

Dear Parishioner

You will realise that we are in extraordinary times. I will not repeat all the advice coming from Government about staying safe. Suffice to say you can view the information (which is changing rapidly) at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you do not have access to a computer then please keep listening to the radio/TV to keep up to date with events and advice/instructions.

A significant number of our parishioners fall into the 'at risk' group (over 70s, or with underlying health conditions) and they are likely to be asked to self-isolate for several weeks. This note is to try and provide a local support system for these people particularly, but for everyone in general.

Below is a list of actions which you can take NOW, either to help yourself or to support others.

SELF-ISOLATING?

DO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER/TABLET/SMARTPHONE?

  • The parish Nextdoor App will be the quickest and simplest way of communicating around the parish.
    • If you are not already a member, please join. You will need to be invited, so get in touch with me (see below).
    • If you are already a member, check on the Map to see if any neighbours/friends are not members, and invite them to join.
    • If you are self- isolating, keep in touch by video link with family/friends. Skype (https://www.skype.com/en/) and Google Hangouts (https://hangouts.google.com) are both free, and you can use them to talk to one or a number of contacts at the same time. There are also others.
    • If you haven't got an internet account with one of the supermarkets, now is the time, perhaps, to get one and learn how to use it. And when you do have one, consider booking a delivery slot well in advance (?3 weeks) before you know what you need.
    • If you are uncertain about using any new aspect of computing but now would like to try, contact me (see below).
    • Are you able to offer help/training over the phone/online? Let me know (see below).

NO COMPUTER?

  • Make sure you have phone numbers to hand of your nearest neighbours.
  • Make sure you keep my phone number handy (see below).

NOT SELF-ISOLATING?

  • Check any neighbour who is self-isolating regularly (by phone or email).
  • Try to persuade any neighbour to join Nextdoor if possible.
  • Volunteer to assist (see below). pto

EVERYONE

I will maintain a register of people who are willing to provide assistance to those self-isolating, as well as those wanting support.

  • Willing to help?
    • Please contact* me (see below) with your name, location and contact details and how you could help.
    • Needing help? Or just want to chat?
      • Contact* me (see below) when you need help and I will endeavour to put you in touch with an appropriate 'Good Samaritan'.
      • Please do NOT call the parish clerk – she lives in Hardingstone.

If you have any thoughts about how the parish council can help further please contact me.

WE WILL BEAT CORONAVIRUS.

Stay safe – wash your hands!

Digby Carter

Chairman

Cold Higham Parish Council

01327 830521

Digby.carter@btopenworld.com

Web site: www.coldhigham-pc.gov.uk (there will shortly be a special update page)

*For data protection purposes, this minimal information will be held on a personal computer and used only for the specific purpose of helping during the Coronavirus period. After that it will be destroyed.

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