Coronavirus And Support In The Community
The Coronavirus situation is changing with new information being made available on a frequent basis. There is a lot of help and support available from a variety of sources within the parish and below you will find details of this and the latest information available. We will continue to update this page on a regular basis.
- Latest government advice on Coronavirus – latest guidance on Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
- Mobile testing units via GCC website link
- NHS information and advice on Coronavirus – changes to accident and emergency care (PDF) in Gloucestershire hospitals.
- Advice for Allotment holders from the National Allotment Society
- In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Gloucestershire County Council has launched a Community Help Hub to connect local people who need help, with others who can provide the support they need. Any Community groups that are offering support should register their details via this link Gloucestershire Community Help Hub. If you are aware of any individuals or families that require support please also advise them to register their details via the portal.
- Coronavirus advice from Stroud District Council and their Covid 19 Community Information Pack (PDF)
- Be aware of Coronavirus scams
At present there are three main scams at large which we can publicise to help people falling victim:
• a text message sent saying people have breached the Government’s lockdown rules and including a link where they can pay a fine;
• another falsely offering a payment from Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs to help support the individual during the national lockdown; and
• a third aiming to collect personal information including name, date of birth and bank details, in order to assist with a COVID-19 business grant application.
- Action Fraud – find out about the latest scams and online fraud, and how to avoid them.
- Rogue Traders have been reported knocking on various doors in Bussage asking if they needed a tree surgeon. The work carried out has not been of good standard and no safety equipment was used and they have asked for payment in cash. Should you have anyone on your doorstep offering their services, the Police advise that you do not accept. They are seeing an increase in rogue traders who are using the current situation to line their pockets. If you have anyone on your door that will not leave, is very persistent or becomes abusive towards you please call 999. If you should see someone acting suspiciously in your area please report to the police on 101 or email email@example.com
- The Household Recycling Centre at Pyke Quarry, Horsley is now open for pre-booked visits only. Social distancing measures will be in place to help keep visitors and staff safe and crucially anyone with covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households MUST NOT visit. For more details and to book a slot see the Gloucestershire County Council website.
- All SDC car park charges were reintroduced on 21st July.
- Stroud Museum in the Park have FREE activity packs (PDF) to share with families – to order one call 01453 763394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
They also have a Make a mini Museum Summer Holiday Challenge (PDF)
- London Road in Stroud is now closed from Cornhill to the end of John Street to make Stroud town centre a safe place to shop and visit while coronavirus social distancing measures are in place.
- SDC notice about garden fires
- SDC have an interactive map showing information about community support groups across the district. Additional information about support arrangements in each of our villages is shown below.
- Exercise instructors at The Pulse, Stroud District Council’s leisure centre in Dursley are offering a personal exercise programme that people can follow while confined to home.
Since leisure centres were closed in an effort to halt the spread of Coronavirus, the team at The Pulse has been busy recording a range of free-of-charge exercise videos and holding live Facebook classes in an effort to keep people in the district fit and healthy.
Bisley News – is back on paper. Click here to read the July/August edition online.
Bisley Community Group of local volunteers, organised through the George Stores, offers support to anyone in isolation who needs food, medicine, or other help our volunteers can provide. The group can be contacted through any of the Bisley Ward Parish Councillors:
- Martin Brown 01452 770878
- Lesley Greene 01452 770018
- Dave Partridge 01452 770986
- Hazel Saunders 01452 770606
For more information see the Bisley Village website.
There will be no more Eastcombe, Bussage and Brownshill newsletters until further notice. Any subs due will be collected at delivery of the first issue for the year.
An Eastcombe Good Neighbours group is being set up by the Eastcombe Village Group with support from the Parish Council. The aim of the group is to provide the vulnerable and those who are self-isolating within the village with help and support. Our volunteers could offer to undertake practical actions like delivering shopping (from Eastcombe Stores), collecting prescriptions or possibly just being prepared to ring up people who are isolated and who would like a friendly chat.
If you would consider becoming a volunteer to help provide that support please email email@example.com and let us know your name, address in the village and your landline telephone contact number. It is our hope that we get enough volunteers to be able to assign pairs to a particular street or area of the village.
Community Coronavirus Support – If you are self-isolating or have been advised to remain at home, there is a growing network of people in the community willing and able to help out as needed. Also a veg box delivery scheme has been organised with the Stancombe Farm Shop. Please contact one of the co-ordinators below, who can in turn find someone to help with your shopping / prescription collection / chat etc etc.
- Oakridge Lynch: Caroline Priestley – 01285 760969
- Bournes Green: Beth Taplin – 07989 743068 or 01452 770872
- Tunley: Louisa Crisp – 01285 760684
- Waterlane: Katy Craine – 01452 770111
- Far Oakridge: Vicky Beard – 07763 124285 or 01285 760339
For more information see the Oakridge Village website
SDC Notice about Garden Fires
Bonfire smoke may cause particular problems for people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and heart conditions. We all now know that Covid-19 is a respiratory disease. During the pandemic, more people than normal are at home, working, caring for their family and/or self-isolating. People in your area may already be suffering breathing difficulties due to the virus.
People with underlying health conditions have been advised to self-isolate in their homes for 12 weeks. They need to go into their gardens for fresh air and they need to be able to open their windows for ventilation; they have nowhere else to go.
Breathing difficulties could be worsened due to bonfire smoke inhalation and place a further burden on the NHS. Therefore, during these difficult times we would ask all residents to cooperate in protecting everyone’s health by not lighting bonfires during the Government’s lockdown period.
We understand that you may be tempted to dispose of additional garden waste by having a bonfire. As the lockdown throws up new challenges for us all, we ask everyone to be a good neighbour and to not burn any of this waste.
Thank you for your cooperation in doing all you can to protect the health of your family and that of your neighbours, many of whom may be more vulnerable to the effects of bonfire smoke than ever before and who are presently restricted to their homes.
Any garden waste can be composted or it can simply wait – store it for now until the current emergency is over and do not burn it.