Members of our community have already come forward to offer support to those who need it by shopping, collecting prescriptions or other essential tasks. More volunteers are always needed. If you are also able to volunteer please contact Pete Baker, who is coordinating the local effort, by email email@example.com or phone 01869 350117.
If you need help because you are self isolating or vulnerable please contact Pete Baker by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01869 350117.
Working alongside Pete Baker is Bletchnet. This is a WhatsApp group that is also available for people to volunteer or seek help. If you would like to join this group please send a text to 07970 618260.
You can also see news items on the front page or on the Parish Council – News page.
If Covid-19 has impacted your finances, the Bletchingdon Charity could help you. Please click here to download more information and an application form.
Current Government Instructions and Advice
With effect from the 5th January 2021, the UK is in a National Lockdown.
Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
Stay at Home
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/stay-at-home
Some people are particularly vulnerable. Elderly people (over 70) and those with severe health conditions should stay at home except to take exercise.
If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
- for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
- for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service– only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
- for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance
If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note, you do not need to get a note from a GP.
Cherwell District Council and the Oxfordshire Local Government family have come together to coordinate their effort. They are getting ready to receive the first consignment of emergency food for those identified as vulnerable and will use a wide network of volunteers and local organisations, coordinated through the District Council to ensure these essential supplies reach the people that need them. This is in response to the Governments shielding programme.
Vulnerable residents in Cherwell District can call the dedicated team on 01865 89 78 20 or email email@example.com. This will be operational from 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
Beware of Scammers
Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.
Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.
Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):
How to check if they are genuine:
Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.
Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team:
Mental Health, Mindfulness & Mental Resilience Training
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.
It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.
There has been a 24/7 mental health helpline launched to take pressure off 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The round-the-clock helpline will make it quicker and easier for people in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to get the right advice they need for their mental health.
It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and temporarily takes pressure off 111 for people who need mental health care when their situation it is not life threatening.
For adults, the number is 01865 904 997
For children and young people, the number is 01865 904 998
Free support groups
Therapists from the Oxfordshire Therapy & Self Development Network are offering free online support groups to anyone in the Oxfordshire community! The online groups are for 90-minutes each week, running over 10 weeks. Anyone could benefit from these- whether they are offering essential services in the community or members of the public who are feeling anxious and isolated.
Please visit www.otscentre.co.uk or share with anyone you think needs support.
Free mindfulness sessions
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) is offering weekly online mindfulness sessions led by a fully trained Mindfulness Teacher. These sessions are completely free and open to the general public, meaning no prior mindfulness practice is needed. These sessions can offer a space for people to experience grounding and connection, discuss the challenges faced, and support each other at a time when solidarity is most needed. Each session will be available as a free podcast shortly after for anyone who missed the live session (on Zoom conference call) or wishes to practice again.
Please visit www.oxfordmindfulness.org/learn-mindfulness/online-sessions-podcasts/
Free Mental Resilience Training
Free mental resilience group coaching offered by Dr Ruth Mary Allan is now available every Wednesday, starting today for the next 12 weeks, from 9pm-9.30pm for anyone struggling during this pandemic and seeking simple strategies and techniques to help them through.
If you are an NHS worker, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your NHS account to take advantage of free group coaching for you or your staff.
NEW HOTLINE FOR DIABETES PATIENTS DURING COVID-19
A dedicated hotline has been set up by healthcare partners to help people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Designed for adult patients who need urgent clinical advice, it is hoped that the hotline will give reassurance to patients who are concerned about their diabetic health during COVID-19, and also ultimately help prevent admission to hospital.
The patient hotline number is 01865 857357, and is available seven days a week from 8.00am until 4.00pm.
Patients can also email email@example.com
If patients have a query out of hours, they can call OUH Switchboard on 0300 304 7777.
Families of children with diabetes should continue to seek support in their usual way.
Coronavirus – A Book for Children
A FREE digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it has been created. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist.
With effect from the end of the day tomorrow (4th August 2020), Bletchingdon Playground, Oxford Road, will be open again to the public.
If you wish to add information to this page please contact the Parish Clerk or Duncan Ledger on firstname.lastname@example.org