Covid-19 update: Help and Support for West Oxfordshire residents
Everyday life still feels very different at the moment for some people and as the Autumn rolls in and the clocks change help and support is still needed. The Coronavirus is still with us and keeping fit and active in whatever way we can has been shown to help patients fight the disease. The NHS is encouraging people to seek help in the way you always would if worried about symptoms. They are open for business and can help.
West Oxfordshire Community Support Helpline 01993 861077
Stonesfield Voluntary Transport Scheme offers volunteer drivers to take you to vaccination centres or for other medical appointments, including at the JR, Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford and the Horton Hospital in Banbury. Full COVID precautions are in place to ensure your safety. There is no charge but we do welcome a donation for expenses. Please call Viv Kendall 01993 891803 to book transport in June.
Stonesfield Mutual Aid is a group residents working alongside Stonesfield Parish Council who are willing to help. We can offer emergency food provision and small emergency grants in some circumstances. If you need help please contact any councillor in confidence, Kate Harris on 01993 898781, Deanna Asplundh on 07956 905610, Sharon Acum on 07766 424088, Dave Baldwin on 07957 497513 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Kate Maroney 01993 898235 or the Clerk to the Parish Council email@example.com
Here’s the fund raising page if you wish to donate: Stonesfield Mutual Aid Justgiving page
Another local source of help is Stonesfield Parish Church who has people who can help with
- Picking up shopping
- A friendly phone call
- Urgent supplies
- Posting mail
Email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish and local Council
Parish Council officers are still working remotely so please email the clerk if need at email@example.com
If you do need help then see the list of useful contacts below
West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861000
Oxfordshire County Council: 01865 792422
Please follow latest government directives.
Plus YourOxfordshire which gives a range of information.
Local Food Banks
There are a number of Food Banks locally who may be able to offer help
- Oxford Food Bank Unit 12, Curtis Industrial Estate, North Hinksey Lane, Botley, Oxford OX2 0LX 07865 610368
- North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank, Kidlington Baptist Church, Kidlington, OX5 2DS 07929 721172
- SOFEA Community Larder 1E Trident Business Park, Didcot, OX11 7HJ. 07531 344952
- Witney & West Oxfordshire Foodbank, Cottsway House, Heynes Place, Avenue Two, Witney OX28 4YG 01993 890000
Can you help?
Also remember Food Banks need donations of food to keep going. Either contact them directly or donate via your chosen supermarket. If you feel you can offer some time as a volunteer your help will be welcomed.
Some other places to look for help are
NHS Direct 111
Police (non-emergency): 101
Talking Space. 01865 901222
Samaritans (free call) 116 123(24 hours)
Mind UK 01865 247788
The Help Hub is supported by Blenheim Palace, and a free, online service offering emotional and practical help for both medically at risk and older people who have either chosen, or been instructed to self-isolate.
Citizens Advice or call their Adviceline on 0300 330 9049
24/7 Mental Health Helpline
A 24/7 mental health helpline has been launched to take pressure off 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The round-the-clock helpline will make it quicker and easier for people in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to get the right advice they need for their mental health. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and temporarily takes pressure off 111 for people who need mental health care when their situation it is not life threatening.
For adults, the number is 01865 904 997
For children and young people, the number is 01865 904 998
Need help for your business
Here are some official websites which give details of resources available to business, which you might find useful:
Need a ‘sick note’
If you cannot work because of coronavirus, you’re unlikely to be able to get tested at this stage and GPs will not want to see you. However, you can now access a digital sick note without going to the doctor, which will be provided as evidence that a person has to self-isolate. People are being told to self-isolate either if they have symptoms themselves or live with someone who has them. The notes can be accessed here.
Stuck at home?
If you’ve been asked to stay at home, avoid other people, or remotely work it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental wellbeing.
Here are some free resources, which you might find useful:
- The Open University have a variety of free online courses
- The Oxford University Department of Continuing Education has a variety of resources
- BBC have online training and learning modules around a whole host of topics!
- The Ashmolean Museum website has a host of free case study and project videos which are free to download and listen to
- Online books, which are free to view and can be printed out as PDFs if you prefer to read a physical book
- NHS has 10 minutes home workouts, which can be completed from the comfort of a chair
- Download and listen to the world’s best storytelling
Or you can ‘visit’ museums, art galleries and parks
Here are some free ‘tours’, which you might find interesting:
- British Museum has a great historical tour
- The Natural History Museum allows you to explore the wildlife archives, collections and digital collections in London and Oxford
- Explore inspiring culture heritage from a selection of European museums, galleries, libraries and archives
Or ‘travel’ abroad, directly to:
- Musee d’Orsay, Paris
- Louvre, Paris
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- Rijks Museum, Amsterdam
- Uffizi, Florence
- Guggenheim, New York
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Smithonian Museum of Natural History, New York
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Central Park, New York
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- USA National Parks