Covid-19

T: 0300 033 1783  covid@bcspc.org.uk

The Village Support Group

Some commentators predict the second wave of Covid-19 may be more severe than the first, so the Village Support Group will continue to help when needed and we hope, as before during lockdown, that  neighbours will help each other.  The Parish should be better provided for as supermarkets have had time to increase their home delivery capacity, we have encouraged people to make greater use of locally available prescription delivery services and the Risborough Basket continues to deliver goods from local traders. 

As the second wave approaches we are launching a new initiative to help make sure any children who need to self isolate have access to a PC for their online schoolwork. Read on for further details

Resources to back volunteers

The ‘Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Village Support Group’ works under the auspices of the Parish Council.  The Council has authorised an ample budget to buy such materials as may be necessary over the coming weeks in support of the community and to help ensure the safety of the group’s volunteers in their work.

We have set up a remote conferencing facility, a contact telephone number and an email account to connect people needing help with volunteers. This page will gather local information and should act as a trusted source in an era of fake news.

We are holding regular online meetings to coordinate the many who have volunteered to ensure every household in the parish can ask for support when they need it.  This will include:

  • Offering support by shopping and collecting prescriptions for those unable or advised against leaving their homes.
  • Establishing relationships with local retailers to find ways such as pooling deliveries to minimise any difficulties securing supplies.
  • Provide via the Parish Council’s web site and social media an accurate source of local information.
  • As the situation develops these services will no doubt change.

Remember those without the Internet

You are reading this online, but we should all remember that, though a minority, some do not have internet access.  These include many who are at risk so we should all pay particular attention to keeping this group informed. An article will shortly appear in the April edition of The Messenger and the next edition of Contact. If you have a neighbour in this position please consider printing out this page and giving it to them.

What to do if you need help

  1. In all probability a neighbour will already have offered you help.
  2. If you have internet access visit this page.  We will keep it up to date and the information on it will grow.
  3. Ideally email covid@bcspc.org.uk this email address is monitored by a group of volunteers.
  4. If your need is urgent call 0300 033 1783 and a local volunteer will answer.

It’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen over the next few weeks.  The situation will most likely continue to change daily, but if we all work together as a community the parish will surely weather this crisis.

If you would like to volunteer

The list is growing day by day and inevitably some of our volunteers will fall by the wayside as they recuperate from the virus.  So please:

Email: covid@bcspc.org.uk
Subject Line: I’d like to volunteer

And give the following details:
Name
Mobile Number
Address including postcode
How you would like to help
Any specific skills you have which you think may be relevant

We are concentrating on helping out locally within the Parish. Those interested in volunteering to work with the NHS as an NHS Volunteer Responder should register at https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs

Keep up to date

To keep up to date please sign up for the Parish Council’s mailing list so we can let you know when there is a specific change affecting the parish. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Local suppliers delivering to the Parish

We are gathering a list of retailers and others who will deliver to addresses in the Parish. Please look at the list and let us know at covid@bcspc.org.uk if one is missing. We know it is not complete!