Community Support & Volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

Community Support and Volunteering

Age UK Cherry Tree Centre:
The Cherry Tree Centre in Fairfield Road is closed until further notice although they are still providing support and services to older Burgess Hill residents. They are offering:

Information and Advice – including information on social care, housing and welfare benefits.

Telephone Befriending – a friendly chat if you’re feeling lonely or isolated.

Welfare and Safety Support – helping the most vulnerable with tasks such as cleaning, shopping and laundry, as well as offering respite for carers.

Wellbeing Advice – they can share information on healthy living, nutrition, hydration and exercises that can take place in the home or garden.

If you’d like to access any of the services above, or you’re worried about an older friend or family member at this time, please call 01903 731800 or email information@ageukwestsussex.org.uk.

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.

Early Help

The Gattons and Sidney West Children & Family Centres are currently closed but the Mid Sussex Hub can provide information and crisis support for families with children under 18 years, or under 25 years with additional needs.  Visit the Early Help pages on the West Sussex County Council website.

Food Bank

The Foodbank will be distributing out of their new location, 85 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, Tuesday and Thursdays 11am-1pm. Procedures are in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Access via electronic 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 07572 211 509, or email will.geffin@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 have temporarily suspended their normal services and dial-a-ride.

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). They are also preparing guidance for self-organising groups which are being set up to help with this specific situation.

Workplace Health Support

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is now offering free virtual Workplace Health Support. This includes up to six virtual lifestyle sessions to employees within the Mid Sussex area.

These personalised sessions will be with a qualified wellbeing advisor discussing lifestyle and offering signposting to individuals.

If your workplace is interested in any specific Health talks, they are also able to arrange these virtually for up to eight employees per session.

To discuss any of the above, please get in touch with Julia, the Workplace Health Coordinator on 07395 283602  or via e-mail Julia.Meckael@midsussex.gov.uk