Asking for help

MONEY WORRIES

For those who have money worries during this time, please check out the document below that gives some advice to us all:

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SAFE HAVEN

As well as the charities listed below, people are seeking help and a safe haven during this time.

Please checkout the link below offering help for those that need this.

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HOWBURY FRIENDS FOOD BANK

Operating from St Augustine’s Church Hall, Slade Green

It is being operated by Howbury Friends, a charity in Slade Green. They hire the hall each week and prior to lockdown were offering after school clubs, elderly clubs and a low key foodbank.  After lockdown they decided, with the approval of the PCC to operate a full scale foodbank.
 
They are now providing food to support over 1,000 people each week. It is open Monday to Friday from 10 am till 6.30 pm. No vouchers are needed and no questions are asked. Deliveries take place for those who are socially distancing.  I personally have delivered parcels to Plumstead, Thamesmead, Belvedere, Erith, Bexleyheath, Crayford and Slade Green.
 
If you know of anyone who could benefit from the foodbank please let them know about it. They can visit in person. The hall is behind the church in Slade Green Road, Slade Green DA8 2HU. They can also call Mel on 07538 300 768 who will be very happy to help. They have fresh fruit and vegetables and bread each day.
 
Financially the charity has found this to be demanding and if anyone wanted to support them please speak to Mel who will be happy to talk to you about it.

The latest request is from Bexley Borough:

Good afternoon,

As part of our response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are partnering with Reed recruitment agency to urgently recruit to a number of roles to support Bexley’s care sector and help the most vulnerable in our community.

There are a number of roles available listed on our website<https://www.bexley.gov.uk/news/london-borough-bexley-urgent-call-workers>.

Please share this with your family, friends and anyone you know who may have skills or transferable experience and are available immediately. We will be posting about these roles on our Twitter @LBofBexley and Facebook @LBBexley social media accounts so please share if you can.

These roles will help ensure that Bexley residents receive the support and care that they need either in their homes or in residential care settings. There will be training and support available where appropriate.

Many thanks

 

The evergreen charity has put the following request out:

Hi all,

To help us get through the next few months, we have opened a GoFundMePage for Evergreen.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/evergreen-crisis-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet.

Can you please share this with all your contacts and ask them to share with all their contacts also.

We are trying to put together a telephone befriending service to support our older community but need to have all our office staff working to deal with the many issues that will arise.

It is good to see the community coming together and supporting each other. Together, we will get through this. Together we will make a difference.

Please take care and stay safe,

Pete & Diane.

 

Also looking for help are the food banks:

BEXLEY FOODBANK DONATIONS

The Foodbank now more that ever is an important resource for families at this time of lock down. CTiC have recently been able to donate £330 from across the CTiC. This is vital community work we can participate in if we are able. Please see the Foodbank details on the St Paulinus website or get in contact with Marilyn Downes 01322 294569 if you need further information on how to donate.

 

Check out our separate page for the Food Bank

 

From Transform Bexley Borough:

Volunteer to help others during the Coronavirus pandemic
The Council and Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) are working together to support Bexley residents who are able to give their time to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you are a local resident who would like to help, please take a look at Bexley’s Volunteer Hub – BVSC’s volunteering scheme – which will match you with local charities, community groups and local people who need help.

Register at the Volunteer Hub at https://bvsc.co.uk/covid-19 / 0300 302 0056
No matter what skills you have to offer, where you’re based in Bexley or how much – or little – time you have to spare, if you’ve volunteered before, or even if you have self-isolated, there are charities and community groups who will welcome your help.

“The pandemic is creating extra challenges for many vulnerable people, so I urge anyone who has the time and is able to help to share your details with the Volunteer Hub in ways that suit your own skills and interests” said Council Leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE.

“We are very pleased to be working with BVSC on this scheme, because they are a well-established organisation working closely with Bexley’s fantastic voluntary community groups. They can direct you to the people and places that need your help most.” BVSC will do its best to help local charities and community groups who need extra volunteers. Full details are available at a way of volunteering to help others. If your organisation NEEDS volunteers to continue, please also contact BVSC in this way.

To keep up-to-date if you are online please sign up for the Council’s Bexley Magazine Extra email newsletter. Please share the information you pick up from reliable sources like this with your family, friends and neighbours, and especially with anyone you know who cannot access it.
A Bexley Coronavirus Helpline has now been launched.

From Sophie Leedham, Acting Head of Community Partnerships LB Bexley:
We are also keen to build up our understanding of what community support is already being mobilised locally and how we can help. If you would like to catch up on this, please do get in touch. We are looking to share the wonderful displays of community spirit on our twitter and facebook page @BexleyTogether so please do share with us what is happening near you and find us on there if you haven’t already (also contact at CommunityPartnerships@bexley.gov.uk).

Other updates:
1. Bexley Foodbank continues to welcome extra volunteers at this time when many regular volunteers are needing to self-isolate (contact the manager Gill Bates at info@bexley.foodbank.org.uk / 07932 431350)

2. Bexley Winter Shelter (BWS) 2020 closed today (a week early) because the Mayor of London has secured temporary accommodation and other support for all the remaining guests as part of a London-wide programme to serve and protect rough sleepers, who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and other threats to health. This year in Bexley the BWS managed to secure stable housing for 8 or 9 of the guests, a great outcome. Please consider praying for them.

3. Evergreen Care Bexley: “To help us get through the next few months, we have opened a GoFundMePage for Evergreen. Please can you pass this information on as able? We are trying to put together a telephone befriending service to support our older community but need to have all our office staff working to deal with the many issues that will arise. It is good to see the community coming together and supporting each other. Together, we will get through this. Together we will make a difference.” Pete & Diane Kot info@evergreencarebexley.org

4. The London City Mission event “Evening out with the LCM” on Thurs 28th May at Sidcup Baptist Church has sadly been cancelled. George Hider

5. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has postponed the Graham Tour that was taking place in Autumn 2020. David Linley