Coronavirus

Coronavirus-19 AG Community Aid Group

If You Need to Ask for Help

If you are in a vulnerable group as outlined by the government or self-isolating we have a network of people in the AG community who are here to help

Due to the pandemic quite a lot of us are going to have to stay isolated, and maybe for quite some time. We have got several people who have put their names forward to be contacted if you need help. All of them will be able to pass on your requests immediately to the right team of volunteers :

  • Stephen Harding – 01548 550612 (Glebeland and Greenwood Close)
  • Mike Bagley – 07970 076980 (Icy Park)
  • Lindy and David Davis Berry – 01548 550582 (Tree Corner, Pulleys Close)
  • Ros Brousson – 01548 550792 (by the church, Rock Hill, Bridge End)
  • Neil and Caroline Barker – 01548 550730 ( Fore St north end, Baker’s Hill, Jubilee St)
  • Pippa Unwin – 01548 559234 (Fore St, middle and Brook Court)
  • Amy Clayton – 01548 550682 (Fore St south end, Tidal Rd)
  • Delia Elliot – 01548 550298 (Chillaton and surrounding parish)
  • Roger & Nikki Smallridge – 01548 550100 (Ashford and surrounding parish)

The above people can put you in touch with someone who can help you with:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Posting mail
  • A friendly phone call
  • Collecting prescriptions or urgent supplies
  • Walking the dog

If you are in a vulnerable group (see list below) or self-isolating, please consider using the services advertised above rather than going out and about yourself. Just give your local contact above a call.  

Alternatively you can click the button below to fill in a contact form and your request for help will be sent directly to our community coordinators who will get in touch:

Who is most vulnerable?

  • People aged 70 or older (regardless of medical condition) 
  • People under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below:
    • Chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Emphysema or bronchitis 
    • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure 
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • Chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • Diabetes 
    • A problem with your spleen such as sickle cell disease or if you have had a spleen removed 
    • A weakened immune system such as HIV and AIDS or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy 
    • Being seriously overweight (a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above) 
  • Those who are pregnant

We have set up a central hub for coordinating people – we need to know who is vulnerable, elderly or will need help of any kind. We have already got a list of volunteers who have given us their names, but we know we will need many more.

If you would like to volunteer to help, then please see the What Can I do to Help section below.

Important info

Mental health and wellbeing

An NHS Site EVERY MIND MATTERS now has lots of advice and tips about how to look after your mental health while you’re staying at home, and how to deal with anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak. It gives valuable advice on maintaining mental wellbeing for those at home, and also direct links to seek help through NHS recommended helplines, and a link to seek urgent support if you or anyone you know should need it. Search Every Mind Matters here

St Andrews is now closed, but pastoral care will continue.

The government has now requested that all churches be closed now to prevent the spread of the virus in publically used places, so the time switch on the door has been disabled for the time being, and the door is locked. However, Neil Barker is always available for anybody to contact him at all, whether regular churchgoer or not. He carries his mobile with him at all times – 07483 250681 – or his landline number is – 01548 550 730.

Shop update – please, no more than 3 customers in at one time

Please Note; Updated on 15th June. The number has been increased from 2 people to 3 at any one time. As the shop is so small, this will still help to safeguard everybody who is working in there, but also keep you all safe as well.
Thank you all very much

Information Directory

Below is key information for getting help during this period of social distancing and self isolation – simply click on a heading to view the information. Also, included in each section are the latest relevant posts from the Aveton Gifford Facebook Page.