What should you do if you’re in the extremely vulnerable category but you haven’t been contacted by the NHS?
You can self-register or register someone you know by visiting
Registering will ensure you receive care and essential supplies
Volunteering will be crucial in the response to coronavirus and people have not been stopped from doing this.
However, volunteering that requires going out of the house is now only permitted in certain circumstances. If you are well and are not at risk from coronavirus you can undertake essential activities including:
Helping people with their medical needs, such as picking up prescriptions
Providing essential care or to help a vulnerable person or person(s), including through essential public and voluntary services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions
Voluntary organisations are supporting people across the UK in this time of high need, providing practical, emotional and social support.
You can find local volunteering opportunities by visiting Do-IT, Volunteering Matters, or Reach Volunteering.
You could approach your local volunteer centre, or find your local member of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action.
If you are receiving voluntary help do not share financial details like credit/debit card numbers or personal information.
If someone you don’t know calls at your home, always ask for ID and always ensure you are comfortable sharing details like your phone number or address. Only provide information on a need to know basis and if you have seen ID. Do not feel pressured into providing information. If you have doubts about those who are approaching you, and are concerned, it is advised that you don’t engage, and report serious suspicious behaviour to the police.
Remember that genuine volunteers have been instructed not to enter your home.
PLEASE TELL YOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBOURS – Give them a phone call
Over the last few days, social workers have reported a number of suspicious volunteers targeting vulnerable people in Worcestershire.
The County Council’s advice is to take normal precautions but don’t be afraid to accept offers of help from those you know and trust.
We advise people ask to see identification, and not allow anyone in their homes unless they are certain they are genuine.
Anyone who believes they have been visited by a bogus volunteer should contact the police.
Remember you can also apply for genuine help via Worcestershire County Council’s website http://worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help for by giving them a call 01905 768053.
Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public – don’t click the bait, don’t become a victim.
Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don’t exist.
What scams are we seeing?
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud
Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.
Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk
or by calling 0300 123 2040.
To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact email@example.com.
Your neighbours and the Community Association are here to help.
If you live in Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge and you do not have have neighbour support to help with errands, such as shopping, please email the Community Association firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01527 833583
Help is available for people in Worcestershire who are having to self-isolate due to the Covid-19 outbreak and need non-urgent support.
A new form is available on http://worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help for residents who don’t have friends, family or neighbours who can support them.
A phone number has been set up to help those who can’t access the internet to fill out the form 01905 768053. This can be used Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm.
Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.
Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
With the talk of possible further restrictions should the current government directive not see a slowing down in the spread of Coronavirus, neighbourly support will become even more vital.
Please keep in contact with your elderly & vulnerable neighbours, give them a call, do their shopping, get their medicines. Tell them, stress to them, the need to remain socially isolated.
Make sure there is support for you and your family, should you or your family require further isolation.
Get to know your neighbours and share telephone numbers. Help each other out. Take it in turns to do the shopping, reducing the number of people going to shops.
Share This Message With Your Neighbours
When you submit an online crime it is reviewed and assessed in exactly the same way as a 101 call.
During these unprecedented times please help keep our lines free for emergency calls and report any non urgent matters online.
Whilst there are restrictions and to protect volunteer collectors and you our supporters, especially the elderly and vulnerable, the 200 Club will be suspended.
There will be no monthly draws and any advanced payments received will be carried over.
As soon as contact restrictions are relaxed, we will be back collecting subscriptions and drawing some winning numbers.
Church leaders across the UK are calling on people to join them for a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday – Mothering Sunday (22nd March).
Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some.
Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service.
As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted
candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished
All public church services have been cancelled.
Should you have a query regarding funeral or wedding services, please contact the Church Office.
People wishing to visit St. Mark’s for private prayer to contact the Community Association and if someone is available we will unlock the church.
Some residents report that none of their neighbours have been in touch with them.
Please reach out to your neighbours, share telephone numbers and make arrangements to help each other. If you do not know your neighbour, pop a Kindness card through their letterbox.
Cards can be picked up FREE from the Cafe.
SPREAD THE WORD
The decision has been taken to cancel Sunday’s service at St. Mark’s, Fairfield.
There will be a service at Belbroughton’s Holy Trinity church at 11.15am.
Flowers will be left in the porch at St, Mark’s at the end of next week so that anyone can take one for themselves or to drop off to anyone they think might like one.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today said everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others and to fight coronavirus.
Until advised by the Government or Public Health England, all Community Association activities/events, including Fairfield Flicks, will not be taking place. Many of our supporters are in the “at risk” group.
Hopefully, this suspension of activities is for a short period of time.
The Community Association has been contacted by several people regarding helping others who are required to self-isolate due to the Coronavirus.
The Community Association ask residents to follow the instructions as given by the Government, Public Health England and other statutory bodies.
We encourage residents to speak to their neighbours, to agree a process of aid should it be required. This could be contact by telephone with any items of shopping left in safe place.
Without alarming residents, we are mindful that there may be people that may use this opportunity to scam others, please only deal with people that you know.
Should you be a person that does not have an arrangement with a neighbour and you need assistance, please get in touch with the Community Association via Facebook Messenger or email email@example.com
Please share this message, especially with your elderly neighbours who may not be on the internet or follow the Community Association.