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Community Support & Volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

Community Support and Volunteering

Neighbourly Care

Local charity Neighbourly Care’s DBS checked volunteers can help people of all ages in need of assistance with shopping, collecting prescriptions and befriending phone calls. More volunteers are needed, DBS checks will be carried out. Contact them on 07876 066368 or email neighbourlycare@outlook.com.

Food Bank

The Food Bank Distribution Point at 85 Church Walk has now reopened, opening hours Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am until 1 pm. They hope that those clients who can manage will come and collect their own food. Please can clients to bring in their own bags and to be Covid safe by wearing masks, use hand sanitiser and avoid touching any additional items. Although there is a limited space inside the Distribution point any queuing that needs to happen outside is under cover.

Access via voucher from:

Citizens Advice  – 0344 477 1171, web chat & email www.advicewestsussex.org.uk
Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point – 01444 247726 email helppoint@burgesshill.gov.uk.
Early Help – contact via website www.westsussex.gov.uk.

Food collection point at Waitrose and the Co-ops on London Road and Junction Road. If you would like to help and can’t donate food you can donate money via Golden Giving on the Food Bank website www.burgesshillfoodbank.org.uk/. Younger volunteers are also needed so if you can help please contact 07849182231 or email foodbankburgesshill@gmail.com.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Burgess Hill Community Food Bank, this can be done online via Golden Giving. The link can be found at the bottom of the the Food Bank webpage.

Signposts Mid Sussex

The Signposts drop-in services and groups for adults with learning difficulties and their carers are closed until further notice, although they are still providing a support service through emails and phone calls. Contact 01444 616232 or email info@signpostsmidsussex.org.uk.

Homelessness

Homeless support charity Turning Tides has increased its outreach provision in Mid  Sussex. Their aim is to deliver the essentials that are needed for the local rough sleepers.  Contact Amy on 07851 249561 or email Rebecca.Sowerby@turning–tides.org.uk.

Community Transport Sussex

Community Transport Sussex are now operational again.

Volunteering

Mid Sussex Voluntary Action is signposting volunteers to groups and charities that are supporting people who are self-isolating. If your group/charity is planning to use additional volunteers to help deliver food or shopping, look after children or pets, keep in touch or check on people’s well-being – you can contact them on 01444 258102 or email volunteering@msva.org.uk (please include the contact details of whoever is coordinating recruitment).

The Charity Commission provides online guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus outbreak.