by adamboyden on 15 March, 2020
We know this is going to be a difficult time for many people. It is vital to follow medical advice and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our community, and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus – please see:
If you need help: please see:
“Look out for each other”
It is also really important that people support each other, and that our community supports people in need. Frome Town Council, Mendip Health Connections and other community groups are working together to ensure that strategic co-ordination is in place to help the most vulnerable. Anyone who would like to help should join the Frome volunteer register at www.bit.ly/Frome-Covid-Help and await requests for support. An informative leaflet with numbers for people to call has been produced and is being delivered to houses in Frome by these volunteers, and is available in local shops.
The Mayor of Frome is calling for people who are healthy and able to contact their 5 nearest neighbours to see if they need any help. Above is a version of the community help form which you can download and print, and use to let neighbours know who can help them.
Local support groups are also being formed to provide support for neighbours who are self-isolating, including to buy or collect food and other essentials safely. Locally, the Packsaddle Community Group is organising a support network in its area. If you are able to help this group or help form a support group in your street, please let us know. Groups are also organising on the Nextdoor app, on Facebook and at https://fromefuture.wordpress.com/. A national list of mutual support groups is growing at https://covidmutualaid.org/. Frome Town Council’s message on keeping people connected is here.
Frome Town Council have answers to Frequently Asked Questions here, and have advice and support for families here. If you have a query or need help please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01373 465757. Frome Town Council news can be found here. An advice leaflet was delivered to the town this week (see here) – well done Frome! The Town Hall is currently closed to the public (see here).
The Frome Times newspaper cannot be delivered to homes now but it is continuing online – please see here for articles and here for the online edition, which includes vital updates on everything Frome.
The Frome Community website here also signposts to local services, including local food delivery services.
Fair Frome (who provide the food bank, see here) is asking for food donations and funds to buy food as the need to support people is increasing – a fundraising page has been set up here. For up to date information please visit the Fair Frome website, call 01373 488578 or email email@example.com.
Active and In Touch continue to help people who are isolated and lonely, and are calling for more volunteers who have been DBS checked to help with phone calls to elderly members who are having to self isolate. They are happy to help elderly people who are now more isolated – please see here, call 07539795261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purple Elephant (the organisers of Frome Toy Library, Frome Children’s Festival/Gen-Z, the Sports Festival and Family Holiday Fun) will be supporting those local families who are most in need. “We’ll be working together with Fair Frome and local schools to get resources to families such as activity packs, toys and books. Many families are going to be facing a long period of time in isolation or unexpectedly at home, and will struggle to find positive things to do – our aim will be to give them creative, healthy, fun activities to help keep vulnerable families occupied and avoid spiralling into crisis. If you are in a position to donate to help our emergency support we’d be very grateful. You can give via our website or Local Giving.”
Somerset Waste Partnership has suspended collections of garden waste and bulky waste, and all of Somerset’s Recycling Centres have been closed. For the latest on waste disposal and collection services please see here.
Somerset County Council‘s affected services are here and their most recent update includes: ‘How communities can help: Somerset County Council is working hard to ensure those self-isolating and/or vulnerable adults and their children receive appropriate food, sanitary products and medication. We’d like to urge everyone to continue to look out for friends, family, neighbours and the community, but most of all yourself. It’s important you stay safe, so you can continue to help others.
A wave of community groups have been set up across Somerset to assist those in need, which is truly humbling to see. Please visit www.sparksomerset.org.uk/ in the first instance for the latest information and guidance on local community support.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is compiling a list of local groups set up on social media in an effort to share learning, resources and support. To find out what groups may be in your area, or to register a group, go to: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/‘
Many people will naturally be worried about their health and livelihoods. Nationally the Liberal Democrats are calling for the Government to provide the maximum level of support for businesses, employees and public sector workers, the self-employed and those in the least protected positions in society, including people who rent (see here). Acting Leader Ed Davey MP has called on the Government to subsidise salaries for workers, guarantee incomes for the self-employed and boost sick pay. The party’s national advice is found here and the party has launched a national community Taskforce to coordinate our members who want to help those most in need.
Please get in touch if you have any concerns or questions.
I will update this regularly when I receive further advice as a councillor. Stay safe, look after yourselves, and each other.
cllr Adam Boyden
Mendip District Councillor for Frome College ward
Email email@example.com, Cllr.Boyden@mendip.gov.uk
With Councillor Drew Gardner, Frome College ward, email Cllr.Gardner@mendip.gov.ukLeave a comment