Worthen with Shelve Parish Council

COVID 19 HELP

COVID-19 - help available

Here is a list of useful sources of help and support available locally during these difficult times. We will continually providing updates on local and national information on our website and our facebook page.

We are concerned that there are a growing number of people in our communities who are self isolating in their homes, or will be, for a variety of reasons.
If you are self isolating please be assured that whist we are aware that many of those affected have a network of family, friends and neighbours to help or may already be receiving services from an appropriate charity or other agency, there are people who will need assistance.
This Parish Council is working with Worthen Medical Practice, Heather Kidd, Chirbury with Brompton and Westbury Parish Council and a team of volunteers to assist where we can.
The most important message is to Check On Your Neighbours – if you know of someone living close by that needs help, either offer to help if you can, or speak to one of the volunteers at the local Community Care Group.

Food shopping / Prescription collection/someone to talk to:

Our Local Care in the Community Helpline: 0121 318 5138 email: Worthencovid19aid@gmail.com
A Group of local people offering to collect essential food shopping & prescriptions to those who are self-isolating, & have no one to do this for them.
Never give your bank card or details or PIN to anyone that you do not know and trust

Shropshire Council Coronavirus Helpline 0345 678 9028
Supplying food parcels & assistance to those most vulnerable (shielded) group identified by a government letter or anyone else who is vulnerable and who is unable to get food or in need of support.

If you cannot get out to get cash to pay for a food order and need help call Heather Kidd 07980 635518 or email the Parish Clerk: clerk@chirbury.org.uk

KEY PHONE NUMBERS
Correct at time of printing

Worthen Medical Practice: 01743 891401
Westbury Medical Centre: 01743 884727
Pontesbury Medical Practice: 01743 790325
Bishop’s Castle Medical Practice: 01588 638285
Montgomery Medical Practice: 01686 668217
NHS HELPLINE: 111

Shropshire Council: 0345 678 9000
Local Support and Prevention Fund: 0345 678 9078
Shropshire Citizen’s Advice: 0344 499 1100

There is lots of useful information on the NFU Website https://www.nfuonline.com/
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society (RABI): Assistance
for individuals and families from the farming sector 0808 281 9490

Shropshire Rural Support: Offer support to rural people
during periods of anxiety and stress 0300 1232825
Mind 07434 869248
Samaritans: free from any phone 116 123
local call charges apply 0330 094 5717

South Shropshire Housing Assoc: 0300 303 1190
Severnside Housing: 0300 300 0059
Universal Credit: 0800 328 5644
Child Benefit: 0300 200 3100
Pensions: 0800 731 0469
Govt Business Support Helpline: 0300 456 3565
HMRC special coronavirus helpline for businesses
or self-employed 0800 024 1222

Chirbury Post Office and Stores: 01938 561201
Hignetts of Pontesbury: 01743 790228
Smiths Butchers Minsterley: 01743 791863
Londis (Worthen): 01743 891997
Marton Village Stores: 01938 561279
Stiperstones Inn: 01743 791327
Yockleton Arms: 01743 821491
J.P Fruits Tel: 0779189184 www.shropshirevegbox.co.uk Deliveries of Fruit& veg
Rowlands and Co. Ltd Tel: 01743 462244 delivering fruit / veg & some milk / bread
Wiltshire farm foods 0800 077 3100 www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com Home delivery of Frozen ready meals

Foodbanks
Worthen Covid Aid volunteers are distributing free food boxes to residents who are in financial need. If you need a box or know of someone else who needs to receive a free food box contact Worthen Covid Aid in confidence.
Donations of food are gratefully received.
Shrewsbury Foodbank 07421 745857 or 01743 343336 shrewfoodbank@gmail.com You can get a referral to a Shrewsbury foodbank through the GP surgery or another agency support or contact the foodbank directly

Library – free e-books, magazines and newspapers or research your family history for free
https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/find-a-book/e-library/ - Free source of online books, magazines and newspapers for all. If you are not already a member of Shropshire Libraries, first join online at https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library/. If you have any problems email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk. You can also use Ancestry and Find My Past for free during this time – join the library service and then visit https://libraries.shropshire.gov.uk/web/arena/ancestry.

ACTIVAGE is an EU-funded scheme led by Samsung. The project is being trialled in Shropshire in partnership with Shropshire Council, and aims to see how everyday technology such as smart watches, smart phones and sensors can be used or adapted to support the health and social care needs of vulnerable people. People over the age of 55 who live in Shropshire and have a broadband connection are invited to apply. Those who care for people who fit this criterion can also apply on behalf of the person they care for. Those involved will receive a technology package worth over £600 that can help support people to stay independent, safe and active for longer, especially if their carers or family aren’t close by. This includes a free Samsung watch and smartphone which will be posted to individuals. Also included in the tech package are home sensors but due to the COVID-19 crisis, these will be issued later as they require installation. There is no cost to take part in this initiative and what’s great is that you get to keep all the equipment when you complete the scheme. For more information or to express your interest, whether for yourself or on behalf of someone else, please check details on the  the ACTIVAGE website or contact support@activageshropshire.co.uk