At Healthwatch South Gloucestershire we’re amazed and impressed at the speed our community has mobilised to support vulnerable groups. There are a wealth of Facebook groups popping up to cover our patch and we’ve been joining in.
We’ve already helped out an elderly resident concerned about food shopping by linking them up with Age UK South Gloucestershire. Their volunteers are DBS checked and know about Safeguarding. If you’re interested in joining them visit: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/southgloucestershire/get-involved/volunteer/
We’re continuing to reach out to residents of South Gloucestershire through Twitter and Facebook, and taking calls from those who don’t do digital. Over the coming weeks we’re getting in touch with GPs and pharmacies to help ease the pressure they are facing by upping our signposting function – and as we build up our knowledge of the support available during this crisis, we are here and ready to get you connected to the help that's out there! You can text, email, Facebook, tweet or use the phone and call us.
Coping with Coronavirus - support in South Glos
Help your vulnerable and elderly family, friends and neighbours.
South Glos Council has a list of local community response groups here to help you get food, shopping, medicines or just have a friendly chat.
More help with health and wellbeing here
Join the South Gloucestershire Community Facebook group – specifically for COVID-19 and helping your community.
Help for older people click here
Please visit GOV.UK for DBS check and information for those that are looking to Volunteer and help our Vulnerable members within our community (Disclosure and Barring Service)
Please check any local Catering Companies such as Charles Saunders (Yate, Armstrong Way) who are opening their trade counter for the public to buy much needed goods.
The Crown in Keynsham is offering free lunches to children who are out of school and whose parents cannot afford to feed them, alongside helping their community with deliveries and homemade pizzas. See their Facebook page for latest updates.
Healthwatch South Gloucestershire’s COVID-19 advise can be found here.
If anyone is in self-isolation and lonely and would like to have a friendly chat ‘over a virtual cuppa’ with a One You duty practitioner, please call 01454 865337.
Find your local group
Above advice from CVS South Glos see more here