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Coronavirus Update

This information forms part of the Town Council's dedicated webpage on the coronavirus. It should not be used as a substitute for government advice. This is a fast-moving situation and we will be updating the webpage regularly. 

Our services

Abingdon Museum, Mousehole Cafe, Abbey Cinema and Guildhall are now temporarily closed until 2nd December in line with the national lockdown.

The town council offices in Roysse Court remain closed to the public, however you can contact us at enquiries@abingdon.gov.uk or by calling 01235 522642. Normal office hours remain Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

The Abingdon cemeteries remain open, but social distancing should be maintained at all times.

The Monday Market is still operating, but for food, petfood and plant traders only. Thames Valley Farmers' Markets will also continue with essential traders only.

Council action

The Council is working hard to maintain its usual services during this difficult time.  The Council are also working with other partners to support the community.

Emergency funding is available to assist the work of groups who are supporting the community. The Council has established a £20,000 Emergency Fund to support the work of groups who are helping the community at this time by way of grant funding. For more details on how to access this fund please contact Nigel Warner at nigel.warner@abingdon.gov.uk or call 01235 522642.

Unfortunately, the Council is unable to use these funds to assist individuals, only groups.

Our decision making during this emergency

Meetings of the Council and its committees are currently taking place as virtual meetings via the platform Microsoft Teams. These meetings are open to the public and details are on the Meetings 2020/21 page.

Useful external website links and information

INTRODUCING ABIMEDS

Prescription delivery

The AbiMeds team has produced a useful information sheet about ways in which vulnerable people can get medicines delivered to their home. This can be found here.

During the current lockdown AbiMeds will be operating a limited, targeted service during this lockdown. There will be a telephone service advising on obtaining long-term delivery to anyone who calls in and a limited prescription delivery service on Fridays but this will only be available to those in the government's Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category. All of Abingdon's pharmacies offer some form of delivery service now but AbiMeds will provide a back-up for those in the CEV category if they have been unable to set up prescription delivery with their pharmacy.

Their phone number will be as before: 01865 818351, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm.

Also, for one-off prescription needs, Abingdon Community Response team will be providing general coverage through neighbourhood volunteers in Abingdon

NHS: information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health England has also produced a range of material to support the Stay Home, Save Lives' campaign which is free to download and use. Public Health England is updated each day.

Vale of White Horse District information can be found here: Council:http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news-events/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Oxfordshire County Council information can be found here: https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-governm...

Information of what to do if coronavirus affects your work, benefits or travel can be found on the Citizens Advice website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

A website put together by Healthy Abingdon to assist can be found here: http://www.healthyabingdon.org.uk/coronavirus.htm

Local Support Groups/Advice

A local support group has been set up via Facebook called Abingdon Corona Virus Community Response to organise a network of area contacts to help vulnerable people with shopping, picking up prescriptions etc.

The group says:

“If you need any support (food/medicine/friendly chat/dog walking/info/ etc) or would like to kindly volunteer your support please email: abingdoncoronaresponse@gmail.com’’

NOTE: Please don’t send support requests or offers via PM on Facebook as the organisers cannot keep up with the volume of messages. Please use the email above to ensure your request or offer will be recorded and responded to effectively.

A website has also been created to provide information about all the support available within the Abingdon community during the Coronavirus outbreak. This can be found at http://www.abingdoncommunityresponse.org/

A new website has also been launched by Oxfordshire Community Voluntary Action (OCVA) called Oxfordshire All In https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/  to support groups across the county helping people in response to Covid-19.

Age UK Oxfordshire – advice, information and support for older people.

AgeUK Oxfordshire, has launched a new, free of charge telephone support service offering advice and assistance to older people concerned during this time. For more information visit  www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/

MIND – advice, information and support for your wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.  This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.  For advice, information and support, visit: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

FutureLearn also offer courses that will help people develop tools/strategies to improve their mindset and mental wellbeing and support others who are struggling during lockdown with their 'Support Your Mental Health In Lockdown' collection.

See more here:https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/collections/support-mental-health-in...

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) – advice, information and support for anyone with a visual impairment.

OAB are not running any face to face services and their resource centre is closed.  They will be providing telephone and email support for anyone who has a visual impairment, providing a listening ear and trying to help with any solutions at this time.

Contact details: Tel: 01865 725595 / 07936 341444

info@oxeyes.org.uk

www.oxeyes.org.uk

Thames Water

Thames Water run a priority service for people in vulnerable circumstances and a flexible payment scheme during this difficult time, which you can find here: Http://Thameswater.co.uk/extrahelp

 

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