Coronavirus Support Page


PROBLEMS AFFORDING FOOD?

Negotiating the benefits system can be complicated and off putting, but the Citizens's Advice 0808 800 0510 and 0808 800 0511, and P3 0808 168 2443, can help advise which benefits you may be eligible for, and provide help with filling in forms. We have volunteers that can help with forms if you prefer.

Stroud District Foodbank provide emergency food parcels for those in food crisis and they deliver, all they need is a referral. Please do make use of this service if you are running out of food. Justine, our Town Clerk on 01453 511964, can provide a referral, or if you prefer you can ask your GP, P3 or Citizens Advice Bureau. Plans are underway to have a Stroud District Foodbank drop-in centre permanently located in Berkeley subsidised by Magnox for local people. If funds allow, Booster Boxes will continue until this is in place. We are determined to ensure nobody goes hungry.

 

BOOSTER BOXES

Free weekly Booster Box - fruit, veg and basics delivered, put together by Gord, but order through Justine at clerk@berkeley-tc.gov.uk or call her on 01453 511964. If the phone is on answerphone, please leave a message.

Berkeley Town Council and Gordon from Greens the Grocer will be providing a weekly 'Booster Box' of vegetables and basics, delivered free to anyone who needs it throughout the Berkeley Vale area.

Worth £3 at budget prices, it will combine a changing range of every day essentials.

In these difficult times, all calls and emails will treated sensitively and confidentially. Nobody will be asked to give any details beyond their name and address so the 'Booster Box' can be delivered by our volunteers.

If you want a box but would prefer to pay you can make a donation, please discuss with Justine when you call.

Call by 11am to have your box delivered after 3pm on the same day.

Deliveries will be Tuesdays – Thursdays and will start again on Tuesday 14th April.

 AGE UK Gloucestershire

During Covid19 AGE UK have adapted their support and they want to let local communities know that they are here to help. They have a variety of resources that they are keen to share with the communities.

    1. They have an information and advice line where anyone (older people and their families) with an issue can call and get free advice – 01452 422660
    2. They have set up a Freephone line if any older person is feeling lonely and wants a chat with one of our staff or volunteers – 0800 298 0579
    3. They are also running an online social group which older people can join, get and share info and ideas on staying occupied, there are quizzes and discussion groups. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gloucestershirespringboard
    4. They are promoting a campaign to Greet Your Street at 11am to get neighbours socializing on their doorsteps; we have posters that we can send out for households to show they are involved.
    5. There is also a lot of advice and information on our website: www.ageukgloucestershire.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus Grants & Funding for organisations and businesses

The Gloucestershire Rural Community Council have sent out the following information:

Please find attached the second edition of GRCC’s Keeping in Touch.

Keeping in Touch outlines some more new grants and funds available to help organisations deal with the financial consequences of Coronavirus:

Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme – The Prince’s Countryside Trust

Applications close on Wednesday 15th April at 12:00

  • Community Emergency Fund – Sport England
  • Heritage Emergency Fund – National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Emergency Grants Fund – Crisis (UK)
  • Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund
  • Covid-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector – Thomas Pocklington Trust
  • Emergency Fund – Youth Music

Weekly deadlines for an initial six week period – first deadline Thursday 9th April.

Please also don’t forget that the community development team at GRCC are here to help. Contact details for staff are on our website or email info@grcc.org.uk.

Council Grant Fund Portals

Stroud District Council has opened online portals for businesses to apply for grant funding during the COVID-19 outbreak. These portals are an effective wayto apply for the grants a business is eligible for.

Further details, eligibility criteria and what you will need to submit your claim can be found on the page linked below:

Stroud District Council

Coronavirus Update

Please see below for the latest information and guidance and a useful list of government advice sources, which you should check at regular intervals:

 Information for the public   

What you need to know 

Guidance for employers and businesses 

 

Berkeley & Surrounding Area COVID-19 Community Support Group

Please see below details, via facebook, of a volunteer group to help assist anyone who is social distancing or self isolating:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2602255703234

COMMUNITY INFORMATION PACK

Stroud District Council have produced a Covid-19 Community Information pack that contains help and advice for communities during the current pandemic who are providing support to our most vulnerable residents across the Stroud District. Please take time to look at this document to familiarise yourself on the most recent advice, key contacts and resources that are available. 

Community Information Pack