Support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Rustington, as we all know, is a wonderful place to live with a strong sense of community. 

The Parish Council will co-ordinate and publish information as it becomes available to enable local residents to access support as easily as possible.

This page will be updated regularly with details of support which may be of help to those who are self-isolating or are deemed more vulnerable.

If you know of someone who may not have access to the internet then please print and pass it on.

If you have information which you feel might be of use to the wider community then please email: enquiry@rustingtonpc.org

If you are in need of URGENT ASSISTANCE, for example, you are going to run out of food or medicine within the next three days, please phone the West Sussex Community Hub on Tel: 033 022 27980 so that you can make sure you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

You can also submit a request for support here.

Government Guidance:

Unfortunately Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country and as a result the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic.

From Tuesday 5 January, people will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:

  • 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.

The Government is also advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent to individuals with advice on what this means for them.

Please stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

For more information about what you can and can't do under the National Lockdown visit GOV.UK here 

If you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms and need to apply for a Test you can do so here

If you need to book a Test and you have an activation code information can be found here

Volunteering:

Volunteer to help the NHS

The Scheme aims to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus (COVID-19), and to support the NHS and care services. The Scheme has been set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement, working with Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app.

As part of this work volunteers will be able to help with the coronavirus vaccination programme.

Information:

Register to be an NHS Volunteer Responder

To join we need you to:

  • Live in England and be over the age of 18.
  • Use a smartphone. This is because tasks will be sent directly to your phone through the GoodSAM app. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with this technology, there is plenty of help available.
  • Decide which of the NHS Volunteer Responder role/s you would like to do.
  • Consider your own health condition when choosing role/s. If you are clinically vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) you may prefer our telephone-based Check In and Chat roles. 
  • Be able to volunteer and go on duty as much as you possibly can.

 

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

If you are interested in becoming involved within the community Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester (VAAC) will be able to talk through the many local opportunities that are available.  Visit the VAAC website here

Staying Well:

The Parish Council would urge everyone to follow the National Advice with regard to the Pandemic itself. 

It is always best to take your advice from the NHS page rather than Social Media or the ad-hoc knowledge of others. 

This is an evolving real-time situation so it is important to understand the most up to date advice: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Local Councils:

For information regarding Arun District Council and its Services visit: www.arun.gov.uk/coronavirus

For information regarding West Sussex County Council and its Services visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-information/

West Sussex County Council has opened a line for Community Support during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Hub has been set up to support those in need of help a
You can:

▪️ TELL THEM ABOUT SOMEONE THAT YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT
▪️ REGISTER IF YOU NEED HELP YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING.

There is now an online form to register to receive help for yourself or another person which you are worried about.

Volunteers are actively being recruited and vetted to meet the needs of the community.
If you need help always, where possible, seek support through official channels as unfortunately there have already been reports of people taking advantage of current situation through scams. If you have concerns with callers at your doorstep please call Arun District Council Tel: 01903 737500 or 999 if it is an emergency and you feel at risk.

West Sussex Community Support

If you are in need of urgent assistance, for example, you are going to run out of food or medicine within the next three days, please phone Tel: 033 022 27980 so that we can make sure you get the help you need as quickly as possible.
Tel: 033 022 27980 Lines are open 8.00am - 8.00pm
More information online at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/…/sup…/community-hub-covid-19/

Meals on Wheels are currently operating as normal (7 days per week) and are accepting new clients.  Tel: 01903 718893 or Tel: 0800 090 3258 to find out more.

The Extremely Vulnerable

Following the announcement of the National Lockdown from Tuesday 5 January the Government is also advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent to individuals with advice on what this means for them.

Contact your local authority if you need urgent help.

You can read general guidance on protecting yourself if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. 

People falling under the category of Extremely Vulnerable include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.

  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

 

Other sources of help and support:

There are a host of wonderful local businesses offering Home Delivery.  The list is updated regularly. 

To view the latest information click here: FOOD & SUPPLIES

 

Royal Mail Delivery Office, Dominion Way.

Hours are subject to change but as of 19/01/2021 are as follows:

Monday/Tuesday 8 - 10 am

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 8 am - 2 pm & 4 - 8 pm

Friday 8 am - 12 pm

Saturday 8 am - 2 pm

Sunday CLOSED

 

Support for Older People:

Age UK West Sussex are continuing to support people that use their Services who may be frail, vulnerable and isolated and looking to support them with personalised help based on individual need.

If you need help or if you’re worried about a friend or family member during these challenging times, please contact us:
Or for a friendly chat, day or night, call The Silver Line Tel: 0800 470 8090

 

Meals on Wheels are currently operating as normal and are accepting new clients.  Tel: 01903 718893 to find out more.

Extremely Vulnerable then please visit gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable 

The East Preston & Kingston Royal British Legion - Support for Veterans The Emergency Welfare Co-ordinator has organised a small team of volunteers who are able to offer Veterans practical help and support or a friendly chat during the Covid-19 crisis.  If you need assistance please contact: Nick Ward via Email: 1914.18research@gmail.com

Financial Hardship:

Littlehampton & District Foodbank

The Foodbank will continue to provide those in financial crisis with pre-packed 7 day food parcels instead of the usual 3 day ones. This is to keep clients, volunteers and staff as safe as possible, and minimise their exposure to COVID-19.
You can find information on how to get a foodbank voucher at https://littlehamptondistrict.foodbank.org.uk/.../how-to.../. Once a referral agency has issued you with a foodbank voucher they will pass your contact details to the Foodbank, who will get in touch to arrange your appointment. When you come to collect your 7 day parcel please come in a vehicle if you can. If you don't have one and can't get a lift from someone we will make sure your food is in strong bags so they're easier to carry.
As always if you have any queries you can contact the Foodbank on Tel: 07925 862289 or at info@littlehamptondistrict.foodbank.org.uk.
You can find more information on how to get a Foodbank referral here.

For any queries, please visit their Facebook LittlehamptonDistrictFoodBank, Tel: 07925 862289 or email info@littlehamptondistrict.foodbank.org.uk

For the time being the Foodbank is unable to receive your donations at Littlehampton Baptist Church. This is because in accordance with government advice the team are working from home as much as possible, and have no wish to cause people to make extra journeys as the second lockdown comes into effect.
However other food collection points remain open, and you can find their information at the following places

 

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice are ceasing their face to face work but are still available to support Rustington residents via telephone, email and post.

Website: arunchichestercab.org.uk

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/ArunchiCA

Adviceline Number Tel: 0802 787969 Free to call

Adviceline (Mobile Phones Only): Tel: 0300 3300 650

24/7 Self Advice guide:https://bit.ly/SelfAdviceGuide

Webchat can be accessed through https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/web-chat-service/ when webchat is not available, the client is given an option to send an email instead

Other Services:https://www.arunchichestercab.org.uk/contact-us/specialist-services/

Domestic Abuse:https://www.arunchichestercab.org.uk/contact-us/domestic-abuse-support/

The CAB will continue to distribute food and fuel vouchers without the need for clients to access their premises. The CAB have also managed to agree for the restriction of one fuel voucher per household a year to be lifted during this period and they are therefore able to provide enough vouchers to enable people to stay warm during this period. 

 

Mental Health Support:

West Sussex Mind state:

Due to the Government advice regarding Coranavirus, we have adapted how we are supporting people with their mental health and are now offering phone and online video call sessions. We've also expanded to offer support in the evenings.

Our new evening support

We have mental health recovery workers available to speak with people who need support between 5pm and 10pm, seven evenings a week. Please email sww@westsussexmind.org, including your phone number in your email, and we will call you back. Or, if you really need to phone, Tel: 01903 268107.

The Pathfinder Support Hub in Littlehampton is offering online one-to-one sessions, group sessions to socialise with others, and learning and development workshops.. If you'd like to take part, please email sww@westsussexmind.org to book your place.

  • Singing, Mondays, 12 noon
  • Drop-in, Tuesdays, 11 am
  • Gentle exercise, Wednesdays, 10.30 am
  • Quiz, Wednesdays, 12 noon
  • Young people's drop-in, Wednesdays, 2 pm
  • Gentle exercise, Thursdays, 10.30 am
  • Drop-in, Thursdays, 2 pm
  • Gentle exercise, Fridays, 10.30 am
  • Reading group, Fridays, 10.30 am
  • Mindful relaxation, Fridays, 12 noon
  • Young people's drop-in, Fridays, 2 pm
  • Parental mental health support, Families in Mind play and chat drop-in, Thursdays, 10.30 am.

More information about a variety of online groups can be found here https://www.westsussexmind.org/whats-on/whats-on-in-littlehampton

Our service contact details

Bognor and Chichester (older people):  Tel: 07495 077341, email: cim@westsussexmind.org

Littlehampton Tel: 01903 721893, email: pathfinder.littlehampton@westsussexmind.org

If you're looking for help, please complete and submit the short form here. The Team aim to get back to you within three working days.

MIND Youth services Littlehampton and Bognor Tel: 01903 721893 ypsarun@westsussexmind.org

Families in Mind - parental mental health support for parents of children nought to 5 years Tel: 01903 721893

 

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.

Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Sussex Mental Healthline

Sussex Mental Healthline for telephone support and information Tel: 0800 0309 500

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a 24/7 telephone service offering listening support, advice, information and signposting to anyone experiencing difficulties with their mental health. 

The service is available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend and this includes carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment.

The Sussex Mental Healthline offers support to those who may be in crisis, distressed and in urgent need of help with their mental health.

If you require support with physical health symptoms please phone 111, and if your situation is a health emergency please call 999.

The Service welcome Text Relay calls and New Generation Text calls from hearing and speech impaired callers, on Tel: 0300 5000 101.

 

Parents and Carers:

Helpful resources for Parents & Carers during this difficult time

If you are pregnant or have a child under 2 years of age register with Family Assist for online support and to answer any questions you may have during this difficult time. https://west-sussex-family-assist.custhelp.com/

 

There are a host of wonderful local businesses offering Home Delivery. 

The list is updated regularly. 

To view the latest information click here: FOOD & SUPPLIES