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**For the co-ordinators to take out when they visit new clients there are Medi-SOS Grab-bags when visiting clients*** Please visit the following website for details. Register your details. Limited supply.

HOW TO GET FOOD/help with food deliveries
DAC Removals (Aylesbury) Contact 0800 511 8018  Services= Groceries + Meds

Seerah Today (High Wycombe) 07512 321 949  = Food Parcels

Red Pepper Catering (Milton Keynes) 01908 048 820 = Food Delivery

Cook (National) www.cookfood.net  01732 759000  = Food Delivery

Oakhouse Foods (National) 0333 370 2516 = Food Delivery

Wiltshire Farm Foods (National) 0800 077 3100  = Food Delivery

Sainsbury’s Phone Shopping Service. Phone - 0800 328 1700

Clarks of Amersham are kindly offering those having to isolate and are offering to collect groceries, medication or any other essentials. 01494 774 186


HOW TO get community support
Prevention Matters (Aylesbury Vale) Contact 01296 484 322  Support

RNIB Support contact 07918608390 (Amersham & Wycombe)

Buckingham Support Network (Buckingham) Facebook = Community Help

Wycombe Community Action (High Wycombe) Facebook=Community Help

Marlow C-19 (Marlow)  Facebook = Community Help

Swanbourne Parish Council are organising a leaflet drop to local residents.

Little Chalfont Coronavirus Help
(Little Chalfont) Community Help

High Wycombe Coronavirus Mutual Aid (High Wycombe) Facebook = Community Help

Haddenham Bucks Covid-19 Mutual Aid-Isolation help Community Support

Milton Keynes Covid-19-Community Support

Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre - Support for elderly local people. Contact- 07483140141 

Wendover Parish Council  Are setting up a Good Neighbour Scheme. Phone 01296 623056

Wycombe Islamic Centre Phone Offering community help. Phone 07477 221688 

Buckinghamshire County Council have created a Coronavirus Communities Support Hub . There are further details and you can fill out if you would like to become a volunteer. The webpage is aimed at people offering themselves as a volunteer and also for people who are in self-isolation who need some extra help, for example with shopping.
A form for groups is here.

Aylesbury Town Council have a Covid-19 support page for information and Assistance Groups.

Covid-19 Health and Wellbeing Advice and Support From Bucks County Council-Community Help and advice.

Coronavirus-Covid-19 UK Support Group- Online support

Buckinghamshire Families Support - Community Support

Coronavirus Anxiety Support Group- Online Support

Chesham Help for Coronavirus- Facebook Group for support

Community Impact Bucks - Covid-19 Support, guidance and advice.

Aston Clinton COVID-19 Facebook support group.

Chalfont St.Giles Coronavirus Support Network for help with communtiy support, help with shopping, chat, prescription collections. There is also a main contact number 07946 629076 

https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/

Managing Pain at home during isolation

The Memory Support Service team at Alzheimer’s Society are still here for people affected by dementia as well as people who are concerned about their memories. Although we are unable to take referrals for Memory Screening Assessments or support visits in peoples home we are still supporting people over the phone, by Skype and email. The team of Memory Support Workers are working hard to deliver guidance and information to people who need support relating to dementia and memory loss. We are able to give advice regarding coronavirus and tips if dementia makes it difficult to follow NHS or government advice. We can also signpost to other reliable sources for shopping, picking up prescriptions.

Kind help from a local person with food delivery in the High Wycombe area. Please call 07776217233

If you would like to speak to a volunteer over the phone-
Marlow Community Group are kindly volunteering support, you can call them on  07932 023356, or  01628 487255

You can also speak to someone at Bucks Mind on 01494 463 364

You can join in on a VIRTUAL coffee zoom chat every wednesday-organised by Bucks Stroke Support.
Please find below the invite to the stroke café, simply click on the ZOOM link below to join. You will need to use this link to join every meeting each week. If you have any problems please do give us a call. 07739 746 086  or  07739 745 204
Topic: Bucks Weekly Stroke Cafe Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting every Wednesday at 11am
https://zoom.us/j/94659093630

Meeting ID: 946 5909 3630

The Red Cross Home from Hospital Bucks Service is still accepting referrals.  At this current time and to comply with social distancing we have had to amend the type of support we can offer. However, the time period of up to six weeks still applies. We are able to support Service Users with essential shopping and can provide a weekly phone call to those who are feeling isolated or anxious. We will be signposting Service Users to other services once our service has come to an end.
As the situation is changing frequently, the support we can offer is also subject to change. If you have any queries please email hfhbucks@redcross.org.uk or phone the team on 01296 739303 or on 07738 944610

Bucks Sensory Service are still taking referrals. Please contact 01296 479970  or email bucks@hearingloss.org.uk

SPACE providing support and care in difficult times can be contacted on 01296 432769 Monday - Friday 10-2pm email  aylesbury.space@btconnect.com

 

HOW TO set up a group(s)
Community Impact Bucks have information on how to go about setting up groups,support and advice for volunteers during this time.

Things to consider when setting up a Covid-19 response group

How to support volunteers in a Covid-19 response

 


HOW TO stay safe
Guidance on Shielding and protecting the vulnerable

A guide to Social Distancing

World Health Organisation Guidance and help videos on Covid-19

How do I self isolate? An informative article from the NHS here.

Please be very wary of scammers.
There are some articles which you can read online warning everyone of the new scams related to the spread of the Coronavirus. Please read them and warn others of the scams.
:Warning of spike in scams linked to crisis.
Covid-19 app and email scam
Coronavirus:How to avoid fraudsters during Covid-19 outbreak.



HOW TO keep fit at home during isolation
Chair-based excercises
Good Housekeeping staying healthy during isolation
A useful PDF with useful information on physical activities.


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We are still open 'Business as usual'
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The following is from Age UK  

Banks launch dedicated over-70s helplines

Several high street banks have launched dedicated over 70s helplines to support vulnerable customers.

Several of the major high street banks have contacted Age UK to share the measures they have put in place to support their older customers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Below are the phone numbers of the banks that have set up dedicated phone lines for their customers that are over 70 or are more vulnerable – which aim to provide a faster service. These phone numbers are not publicly available, but the banks have given permission for us to share with older people who contact us, who are their customers.

Please note that if customers are confident at using the internet and have access to it, the banks are recommending this channel, as it will still be quicker than calling.

Dedicated over-70s phone lines:

  • Bank of Scotland: 0800 0859179. Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Halifax: 0345 720 3040. Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lloyds Bank: 0800 056 0045. Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • NatWest: 0800 051 4176. Lines open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland: 0800 051 4177. Lines open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Ulster: 0800 092 4238. Lines open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Ulster ROI: 1800 656 001. Lines open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Please note that if a bank’s details are not listed above, it is either because they have not set up a dedicated phone line for older customers or have not shared these details with us.

 

‘Which’ have some good information for people who are self-isolating to manage their banking needs and to get access to cash. https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/05/how-banks-are-helping-vulnerable-customers-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/

 

The following is also from Which and is about paying for shopping and goods

Volunteer shopping cards

Alongside the social distancing measures supermarkets have implemented, many have introduced ‘volunteer shopping cards’ designed specifically to help at-risk customers pay friends, family and neighbours who shop for them.

Tesco became the latest to launch one of these cards last week, following Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Morrisons recommends buying its usual vouchers.

How do volunteer shopping cards work?

Most of these ‘cards’ are actually virtual vouchers, which work in the same way as other e-gift cards.

With the exception of the Co-op card, which you can order on the phone (08000 294 592), you buy volunteer shopping cards online and send the details to your volunteer’s email address for them to use in store.

Your volunteer won’t need to spend the full balance of the card each time they shop; the remaining amount will stay on the card, so you could load it with enough money for multiple trips if you wanted.

With Asda’s volunteer card, you can also top it up on the internet, so you don’t have to buy a new one each time. With others, you’ll have to purchase a new e-voucher each time the balance gets used up.

If your volunteer would prefer to have a physical gift card, perhaps because they don’t have access to the internet, you can order a regular gift card to be posted to them from Morrisons.

Pros of buying a volunteer shopping card:

  • No need to hand a volunteer e-gift card over in person (although you can print them if you want to)
  • You won’t be handling cash
  • You don’t need to share your bank or card details

Cons of buying a volunteer shopping card:

  • Most are only available online, except the Co-op’s community shopping card
  • Only Asda’s can be topped up remotely

Useful links to where you can buy supermarket volunteer cards or gift cards

  • Aldi – volunteer gift cards for set amounts
  • Asda – volunteer gift card re-loadable online
  • Co-op – volunteer shopping card bought over phone (08000 294 592)
  • Marks & Spencer – volunteer gift cards for set amounts
  • Morrisons – regular gift cards, with the option of ordering a physical gift card to be sent to the volunteer’s address
  • Sainsbury’s – volunteer gift cards for set amounts
  • Tesco – volunteer gift cards for set amounts
  • Waitrose – volunteer gift cards which can be sent now or on a future date; order via the John Lewis & Partners website

Post Office Payout Now

Payout Now is a new way to withdraw cash without leaving your home. Originally available only in Post Office branches, it’s now being rolled out to banks, building societies and credit unions.

How does it work?

With Payout Now, you can ask your bank to send a one-time barcode via text, email or post to a trusted volunteer, who can then bring this barcode into a branch and use it to withdraw a specified amount of cash from your account.

You choose how much cash the barcode is worth and the volunteer will only be able to withdraw that amount.

Pros of Payout Now:

  • Contact free (for you)
  • No need to exchange bank details
  • Some banks will allow you to do this over the telephone if you don’t have online banking

Cons of Payout Now:

  • Your bank might not be signed up – contact your bank to find out whether it’s currently offering the service

Banks’ volunteer cards

If you bank with NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Starling Bank, you can order a second bank card to give to a trusted volunteer without having to give them your normal bank card details or your PIN.

How do they work?

Starling’s card is called a ‘connected card’, and it is linked to a ‘space’ within your current account where you set money aside. Volunteers will only be able to spend whatever you put in that ‘space’.

The NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank cards are called ‘carers cards’, and they can be topped up with £100 every five days.

These are also linked to your current account but kept separate on the banks’ systems.

While the Starling card is online-only, you can only order the NatWest, RBS and Ulster cards over the phone. This is so the bank can discuss whether this is the right option for you and tell you about their other offerings.

All of these cards are sent to your home first for security reasons, so you’ll have to hand them over to your volunteer in a safe way.

Pros of banks’ volunteer cards:

  • Order the card once and manage it forever
    No need to share bank details

Cons of banks’ volunteer cards:

  • Cards will be sent to your home for you to give to your volunteer – make sure you observe social distancing when you do this

 

Banks launch dedicated over-70s helplines

Several high street banks have launched dedicated over 70s helplines to support vulnerable customers.

Several of the major high street banks have contacted Age UK to share the measures they have put in place to support their older customers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Below are the phone numbers of the banks that have set up dedicated phone lines for their customers that are over 70 or are more vulnerable – which aim to provide a faster service. These phone numbers are not publicly available, but the banks have given permission for us to share with older people who contact us, who are their customers.

Please note that if customers are confident at using the internet and have access to it, the banks are recommending this channel, as it will still be quicker than calling.

Dedicated over-70s phone lines:

  • Bank of Scotland: 0800 0859179. Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Halifax: 0345 720 3040. Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lloyds Bank: 0800 056 0045. Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • NatWest: 0800 051 4176. Lines open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland: 0800 051 4177. Lines open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Ulster: 0800 092 4238. Lines open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Ulster ROI: 1800 656 001. Lines open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Please note that if a bank’s details are not listed above, it is either because they have not set up a dedicated phone line for older customers or have not shared these details with us.

👀👉 NHS and the University of Oxford Covid-19 research trial.
Informative reading about Covid-19 Drugs trials research  in the UK lead by an Oxford University team. Please take a look at this article.

The Facebook page for the team can be found here

Volunteers sought for COVID-19 trial

People aged 50 and over are being sought to take part in a trial into treating COVID-19. Over 50s with specific underlying health conditions and all over 65s with suspected COVID-19 can apply to take part in the University of Oxford study at www.principletrial.org. Participants are randomly allocated to receive usual care or usual care and an existing medication. It is hoped the trial can help people get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The study is funded by UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research. Contact the study team at principle@phc.ox.ac.uk / 0800 138 0880.

 

Posted 14 September 2020

📌Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed.