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Coronavirus

Government issue guidance on Volunteering

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:

Delivering food

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.

Government Issue Guidance on How to stay safe when accepting help from others

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.

Suspicious Volunteers Doing the Rounds

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.

Beware fraud and scams during Cov-19 pandemic

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.
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports

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 fraudromance fraudcharity fraud and lender loan fraud

Protection advice
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 phishing@hmrc.gov.uk.

Coronavirus: Vulnerable and in need of help

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.

We All Need Good Neighbours

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

Coronavirus: 200 Club

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.

Show Your Solidarity and Appreciation by Lighting a Candle on Sunday 22nd March

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

Coronavirus: St. Mark’s

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.

Be a Good Neighbour

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

Mothering Sunday Service Cancelled

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.

Coronavirus: FVCA Events

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.

Coronavirus – Community Support

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 admin@fvca.org.uk

Please share this message, especially with your elderly neighbours who may not be on the internet or follow the Community Association.