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Coronavirus Update

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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

The Museum, Mousehole Cafe, Abbey Cinema and Guildhall are now temporarily closed in line with government advice on social distancing.

The Abingdon cemeteries are now open, but social distancing should be maintained at all times and the cemetries are not to be used for recreational exercising or dog walking.

The Monday Market is taking place but for food traders only.

The town council offices in Roysse Court will be closed to the public from 5pm 20th March 2020. However you can still contact us at enquiries@abingdon.gov.uk or by calling 01235 522642, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Normal office hours remain Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 

Council action

The Council is working hard to maintain its usual services during this difficult time.  We are also working with other partners to support the community during this time.  Emergency fund 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 recommenced on 23rd May 2020 via the virual meetings platform WebEx. These meetings are open to the public and details are on the Meetings 2020/21 page.

Useful external website links and information

INTRODUCING ABIMEDS

The “AbiMeds” community medicines delivery scheme has been set up to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19. We have all seen - or experienced - the queues at local pharmacies in recent weeks: many of those waiting are either vulnerable or caring for vulnerable people and the queues not only seriously inconvenience them and risk their health, but also risk the health of the pharmacists and their staff on whom so much depends.

The Abimeds team has worked with Abingdon's Freewheeling cycling group to come up with a solution for anyone wanting prescribed medicines from Abingdon's pharmacies – not just those who are shielding or self-isolating. It is free and operated totally by local volunteers. 

Anyone who has a prescription to be collected from an Abingdon pharmacy can phone 01865 818351 between 09.00-16.00 every day except Sunday. 

Packages collected from pharmacies are batched by geographical area then delivered, mainly by cyclists. Deliveries are done 3 days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We can deliver to Abingdon and all the surrounding villages.

Just a few additional points:

  • We are not able to take messages or do call-backs: if you cannot get through or the phone goes to voicemail, please try again later.
  • If there are any issues with access to your property please mention this when you ring so that arrangements can be made.
  • We cannot deal with money: if you normally pay for your prescriptions please discuss with your pharmacy whether you can pay in advance. If that is not possible, sadly we cannot help you, but can direct you to other groups who can.

For more information see https://abimeds.org/

NHS: 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

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

Oxfordshire County Council:https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-government/

GOV.UK:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

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

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

Helping others

On 26 March, the government produced information on how to help people safely

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 https://abingdon.help/

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.

You can also help to slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well.
Download the app here: https://covid.joinzoe.com/

Volunteering with the NHS

NHS England has launched a national volunteer initiative 

Red Cross volunteering

The British Red Cross has a number of volunteer schemes to help communities in emergency situations

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:

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

https://www.thameswater.co.uk/my-account/billing-and-payment/help-paying-your-bill/Flexible-payments

Useful links during the School Closures:

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/- This educational website offers free subscriptions during the school closure period.

Supermarket Hours:

TESCO: All Tesco stores (except Express stores) will be prioritising the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

WAITROSE: From Friday 20 March, the first opening hour in our supermarkets will be dedicated to our elderly and vulnerable shoppers, as well as those who look after them.

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.

 

 

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