Coronavirus-Covid 19 -Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website   WsM Covid-19 webpage

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

Friendly Society Grant Support – for individuals and organisations

The big news is that the Westbury  Friendly Society is launching its own grant schemes to help individuals, families and organisations that in the short term cannot get adequate help from elsewhere.  The details of both will be available on the village website and updated as things develop.  Full details of the support scheme for individuals and families are also attached here. 2020 Fund Protocol and Guidelines – Individuals Final final

The Friendly Society has made money available from its own funds, anticipates getting further funding should it be needed from the parish council, and is in a position to bid for funding from public and private sources outside the village. It can therefore respond quickly as needed.

Telephone support for those concerned about financial issues

The listening line have agreed to extend their offer of confidential telephone support to people who have worries about their financial circumstances and might like to discuss where they can look for help including through the Friendly Society scheme.  We have recruited an extra team of three advisers with experience in these matters who can offer help: they are not financial advisers and are not able to provide  financial advice to individuals but can point people towards sources of support from government and private organisations.  If someone leaves a voice message or text on 07851 227855 one of our team will ring back.

Foodbanks.

Foodbanks are increasingly important in helping families cope with short term emergencies and there are ones available in both Wells and Cheddar.  Customers in the village shop have been very generous in providing donations which are sent to the Cheddar Foodbank.  Since individuals can no longer add items to the foodbank box while browsing in the shop it has been suggested that when ordering people might like to add a small sum for a donation.  Some have already started to do this, and have been very generous, but the foodbanks could always use more.  To contact the Wells Foodbank ring 07871 689958   Information about the Cheddar Foodbank can be found at https://cheddarvalley.foodbank.org.uk/  and they can be contacted on 07919 540803

Sources of Support

We are seeking to put together an accessible summary of information on sources of financial support for those facing financial issues.  A first draft of the summary is attached but this document will regularly be updated as more information comes to light and new initiatives are launched by government or other bodies.  If you register for updates from the village website you can be alerted when new versions of the document with more up to date information are posted.

Other Financial Support

Sue Reece (870618)   Mick Fletcher (870531)  on behalf of the parish council

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