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HUNGERFORD TOWN COUNCIL

We have had some queries from members about how they can kindly support vulnerable people in their communities during this difficult time. We would continue to advise you to use the initiatives that district councils have put in place alongside local volunteer groups, as they are best placed to coordinate and serve communities through these.

I will be sending separate details early next week to you all, of these Community Hubs and Helplines for each specific district.

However, please find some helpful information and links below about the Post Office schemes that enable volunteers shopping for others to safely access their money to do so.

Post Office launches cash delivery service

The Post Office has launched a new cash delivery service with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure the most at-risk households can access pensions and benefits. Vulnerable Post Office Card Account customers and those advised to shield by the NHS can be sent up to £2,500 cash if they do not have any other options to access their money, to ensure that they are not financially isolated.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52384053 has reference to “volunteer” and “companion” cards, which may also provide ways round the how to access cash issue.

Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. The products are Payout Now – a voucher sent by text, email or post to a customer who can share it with a trusted person to withdraw cash; and Fast Pace – a service allowing a customer to arrange for a trusted person to collect a cheque from them, cash it at Post Office and return with the money.
These products are being made available to all banks, building societies and credit unions, to make it easier for people who are self-isolating to access cash.

Coronavirus: Ask-a-friend cash access scheme extended

Post Office helps self-isolating people access cash more easily

Posted 23.04.2020
Posted 23.04.2020

Community Support Hub

You may already have received the help leaflet from West Berks Council and if not, this will soon be finding its way through your door.  In the meantime, if you need help and can’t find the information you need online, please get in touch on 01635 503579. This includes help for residents with information about changes to services, advice relating to coronavirus as well as the support available through the Council and its partners.   Residents can sign up to the newsletter at info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-communityhub and click on the link next to ‘stay connected’.

Local Help

Over 200 volunteers have come forward locally and these are being co-ordinated by Geordie Taylor.   Please ring Geordie on 07836 330815 or email hungerfordselfisolation@gmail.com for help with local issues such as grocery shopping, dog walking, prescription collections……..

Food bank

If you do not have food or money you can ring the Food Crisis line 01635 760560.  Deliveries are being made.  Food collection points in Hungerford are reduced to Tesco and Co-op. If you can donate food, it is extremely welcome.

Grants available

Greenham Common  Trust Coronovirus Emergency Appeal 2020.
GreenhamTrust has announced that it has put in place £250,000 of emergency Coronovirus funding which is available to benefit local charitable and voluntary organisations, who are supporting the elderly and vulnerable people through this crisis in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.
If you are a charitable or volunteer organisation and wish to apply for funding from this scheme and you require less that £1000 for your project, please send an email to: grantenquiries@thegreenhamtrust.com providing details of yourproject and the costs involved. 
For projects requiring £1000 or more in funding please create a new application on thegoodexchange.com and Include in the project details that the project is for consideration for the Coronovirus Emergency Fund.

Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire –

Coronovirus Fund to provide support to vulnerable people impacted by the Coronavirus crisis.  For the details on how to donated and how to apply for funds, the criteria and who is eligible for these grants can be found on our website at  wwww/berkshiref.org

Local Food deliveries

Christian Alba Butcher in Hungerford is making deliveries in certaincircumstances within the town.  Call 01488 680970 or visit the Christian Alba Butcher Facebook page for more information.

The John O’Gaunt Pub in Hungerford is offering takeaway/deliverypizza and gastro-pub menus (these change every week). Please call 01488 683535 or 07729 855187 or check for updates at the John O’Gaunt Facebook Page

Posted 24.04.2020

The Rural Supply is a new grocery collection service connecting the consumer with small local producers have been hard-hit by Coronovirus.  A range of local grocery boxes can be order online and are available for collection twice a week from Hungerford Park.  Deliveries available for the vulnerable on Tuesdays and Fridays within a 10 mile radius. Website

Hungerford Kebab House.  As of 27.3.20 the counter will be closed to the public but we will continue to operate our delivery service Wed-Mon 5pm-10pm.  Orders can be placed via the website with credit/debit cards. Deliveries can then be made to your home, or your order can be brought outside to you to minimise contact.  For updates mail: hungerfordkebab@yahoo.co.uk 01488 683600

No 16 Italian Restaurant – call 01488 681999 or 07555832321 for latest offering.

Paula the Wednesday Market Fish Lady.
Delivers to Hungerford and surrounding areas.  Please place your order by Monday if possible on 07580039098 or paulamawer@hotmail.com

Phoenix Wood Fired Pizza is delivering around Hungerford on Fridays afternoons/evenings.  Orders must be pre-paidon 07990 872585 or 07941803194 or contact@phoenixwoodfiredpizza.co.uk See facebook page for any updates

Cobbs Farm Shop is offering a click and collect service where you can email or ring over your shopping list of what you require and one of the team will put this together for you, give you a call to take payment over the phone and leave the package outside when you are due. Contact us on hungerfordshop@cobbsfarmshops.co.uk or 01488 686770

Hungerford Town Council

A change in legislation now allows our Town Council meetings to be held virtually, so rather than meet in person we can discuss and make decisions on line. This is both a change and a challenge to get up to speed with a different way of working.  We shall be holding meetings via Zoom and will be having our first official meeting next week.  Details can be found on our website.

A message from your Public Protection Partnership

At the moment, please do not be tempted to have a bonfire, particularly during the long Easter weekend.  A lot of people at home are vulnerable and any one of your neighbours might have respiratory issues or even be fighting the Coronovirus itself.  During this difficult time please put their needs first.  You can stockpile green waste, crate a compost area or simple let the job wait until the civic amenity sites can re-open to the public.

A message from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We know that a power cut can be worrying or difficult, that is why we offer free extra help and support.  If you would like to register for Priority Services, even if only temporarily, please call uson 0800 2943259.
Click here for SSEN Priority Services Information