From Geordie 31.07.2020
Friday July 31st saw the winding-down of the Hungerford Self-Isolation Support Network. Since inception a week before lockdown, over 200 rapidly-assembled volunteers have been shopping and helping out more than 300 households. Tescos granted us priority access to assist our frequent shoppers to help those in isolation. 1st Direct Taxis took many individuals to surgery and hospital appointments, all FOC. West Berks Food Bank has been wonderfully supportive. We arranged a daily collection service at Boots and our “mules” delivered over 800 prescription drugs.
Happily, the phones have been very quiet for well over a month. The vast majority of residents and volunteers are now back at work, and/or out & about more or less as usual. CHAIN is back on the road to get their regular clients to & from the shops, appointments and so on. The “Boot-phone” for our amateur drug-delivery service has been turned off and Boots in town are kindly operating a private courier for those that used our service previously. Quietly, behind the scenes, we are still shopping for about 50 existing “clients” and will continue as the need prevails.
We all hope the worst is over, but if the virus comes back – we’ll be back!
Geordie Taylor Hungerford
From Geordie 27.04.2020
Over the weekend, I was advised of a leading UK charity called Turn2Us which I understand was founded in 2007 by someone living in Hungerford. It operates on the simple premise that many of those in financial difficulty do not know that there are thousands of charities and a range of benefits to which they are, in one way or another, entitled and can provide financial support, both during and after this crisis. See for yourself at www.Turn2Us.org.uk
Update (22.4.2020) from hungefordselfisolation
Just like the Coronavirus itself, the exponential growth in Hungerford of volunteers coming forward and households in isolation are both beginning to level off. However, like everywhere else, there are now many. many families in town who have had no income for the last four weeks and obviously budgets are starting to pinch. This is not their fault! They are not to blame for the lock-down that has halted the household income at a stroke.
So the next major consideration for the Hungerford Support Network is to put food on tables. By a happy coincidence, all those who’ve been instructed to “shield” by the government will probably receive a “Boris Box” of food. My hope is that many recipients in Hungerford will feel that their food-box could be better used by others in a less fortunate position than themselves and so will donate those boxes to me. I shall have them collected from your doorstep and passed on to a centralised food bank, who in turn will deliver food-boxes to households who’ve registered with them directly WestBerks.Foodbank.org.uk or via our network.
Equally, anyone in town who’d like to donate their own excess food to the cause, or would prefer to simply donate some cash to buy food, then please call me on 07836 330815 or HungerfordSelfIsolation@gmail.com
Thank you, Geordie
Hungerford Town Mayor, Helen recommends this contact
To all residents of Hungerford,
In light of recent and rapidly unfolding events, and following urgent conversations with town officials and several organisations, I have offered my services to co-ordinate all the volunteers who are willing to help those in and around Hungerford who will have to endure periods of voluntary or enforced self-isolation in the coming days and weeks.
There is one central point of contact for all residents of Hungerford;
• Phone: 07836 330815
• Email: email@example.com
Please get in touch with me if;
• You are in isolation and need help
• You are volunteering to help those in isolation
• You could offer a product or service to those in isolation
What can a volunteer do for someone in isolation?
• Collect some shopping
• Walk the dog
• Post a letter
• Collect prescriptions
• Or just give them a call and say hello!
I will need the following basic details from you;
• Your name
• Contact number
• Email address
• Home address
Now that you’ve seen this message, I’d be immensely grateful – and it would be very productive – if you’d spread the word to your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and any other associates in the town using whatever method or platform that will reach the most people.
An older message from Geordie
Are you “shielding” in isolation? If so, you may be lucky enough to receive a food-box from the government – a Boris Box! If you feel it would be better used by someone less fortunate than yourself in this crisis, then call me – Geordie 07836 330815. I’ll have it collected from you and donated to the Hungerford Food Bank.
It’s no reflection on you if this crisis has hit you hard in the pocket. You may have been laid off work, or your self-employment has abruptly dried up. If you are now feeling the pinch with little or no income into your household then we can help with a weekly food delivery. This isn’t your fault … call the Hungerford Support Network on 07836 330815.