Accessing community support
A number of community groups are being set up to help you access support.
You can also get help from:
- Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK has compiled a list of local groups set up on social media sites such as Facebook or WhatsApp in an effort to share learning, resources and support. You can find out what groups are in your area, or to register a group
- The Community Council for Somerset (Somerset Village and Community Agents) are already working in communities with different groups and individuals to make sure the vulnerable are identified and supported. You can find local village agent details here
- Citizens Advice in Somerset have closed their face to face services (including outreach) and increased capacity on their phones and email services. Clients can visit their respective websites for full details of their options or phone their advice line on 03444 889 623
- Mindline Somerset is an out of hours helpline that is a confidential listening service providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. They can also give basic information about mental health and local services. Find out more or phone 01823 276 892 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Here are some other ways to access support.
We are happy to support Spark in its work setting up the Corona Helpers network.
This is a website where you can offer to help to volunteer or receive help.
How can you help?
There are all kinds of ways you can help vulnerable people in your community. There are also many people with a vital profession who could really use your help. Examples of this are:
- Grocery shopping
- Calls with people to combat loneliness
- Collect medicines
- Walking the dog
How to ask for help?
Perhaps you're self-isolating or just finding it difficult to get out and about because of the changes to how everything is running. Maybe you have a vital profession and need to keep working.
You can ask for help on the website above for a variety of things. This could include grocery shopping, collecting medication, help with loneliness or feeling anxious, walking the dog etc..
Corona Response Yeovil
Community groups and churches in Yeovil are providing support to those self-isolating or who are vulnerable.
They can help with:
- essential food shopping/delivery for those unable to get out to the shops
- collecting prescriptions for those unable to get to the pharmacy
- assistance in setting up online shopping
- dog walking for those self-isolating and unable to exercise their pet
- a listening service/friendly phone call (we're also signposting to other services for this)
- delivery of food parcels from the Lord's Larder
If you don’t have family, friends or neighbours who can help you, call 01935 530084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
They aim to respond within 48 hours of a request.
This initiative is a partnership between Yeovil Community Church, Community Help Yeovil, other Churches and Spark Somerset.
Funding for all local charities, community organisations and volunteer groups
Somerset Community Foundation has launched a Coronavirus appeal and is offering fast-tracked funding for all local charities, community organisations and volunteer groups helping those in most urgent need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
You can find out more on the Somerset Community Foundation website helping those in most urgent need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.