A new Community Support team has been established at SODC as part of the county-wide redeployment of staff to ensure support for the district’s most vulnerable residents, while also maintaining normal services as much as possible during the current emergency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This new team is collating information about the large number of newly established support groups to ensure that there are no gaps in coverage and we don’t duplicate effort.
Each district councillor has an advance of £2000 from their annual grant allowance to support these groups if necessary. Anyone needing funding for expenses should email Andrea Powell or Sue Cooper.
Oxfordshire help lines have been established as a first point of contact for anyone in need of help. There are TWO separate lines. Anyone identified as in the extremely vulnerable “shielded” category should call 01865 897820 or email [email protected]. Anyone else self-isolating and in need of support can check to find a volunteer group nearby at www.oxfordshireallin.org/local-support-groups or you can call 01235 422600 or email [email protected]. These support lines are open 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sundays.
The SODC coronavirus information page is updated daily and remains the best first port of call for information on local services: http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/news-events/coronavirus-covid-19-information.
Oxfordshire County Council recycling centres are closed.
The SODC Food and Safety team is responsible for enforcing business closures and using their Twitter account https://twitter.com/eatsafeworksafe to spread the word so businesses aren’t tempted to open up against the government’s Stay at Home rules.
Crowmarsh Parish Council met online for the first time on Thursday 2nd April 2020. The notes from the meeting can be found here:
Free Covid-19 Testing kits for those without symptoms
To help reduce Covid-19 risks to everyone at school, their families and contacts, the PC would like to highlight and encourage, parents and others in households of school children to use the free twice-weekly home testing kits for those withoutsymptoms. Home test kits can be delivered to your door, so you can test yourself and your family without leaving your home.
We understand that 1 in 3 people do not have any symptoms but can still pass it on.
With the Easter hols there is likely to be more mixing between people of different ages, particularly at places like the playground, so it would be good if households start to do this before they go back to school.
Lateral flow test kits can be obtained from pharmacies, or ordered online:
You can order 1 pack of home test kits containing 7 tests for home delivery. Your tests should arrive within 2 days.
Local coronavirus advice
Latest advice and local information from SODC and OCC:
Government coronavirus advice
Specific advice for a range of settings including travel advice, advice on educational settings, guidance for employers, employees, self-employed people, those in health and care sector is also available at the following link. This is updated as appropriate: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Crowmarsh Community Group
Help is available in the Crowmarsh community if you are isolating at home and need support, shopping, someone to talk to:
Learnyay helps adults find free education courses and training. By connecting them with ESFA and local authority funded colleges, schools and training providers in their area. With many people furloughed and self-isolating, we feel it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about free education courses and training. Find out more here: https://www.learnyay.co.uk
Mary Williams, Learnyay