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:

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 033 022 27980 so that you can make sure you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

Government Guidance:

The Government has set out its plan for new National Restrictions due to start on Thursday 5 November. 

Many people have questions about the changes and the most up to date information can be found here 

The National Restrictions will be lifted from the 2 December and replaced with a new Local Tier Restriction System.  More information can be found here

If you 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


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:

Local Councils:

For information regarding Arun District Council and its Services visit:

For information regarding West Sussex County Council and its Services visit:

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:


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 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 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…/sup…/community-hub-covid-19/

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

The Extremely Vulnerable

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


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, or someone you know is self-isolating and in need of support, or you are worried about a friend or family member then please contact Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove on 01903 731800 or email: 

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

Extremely Vulnerable then please visit 

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:

Financial Hardship:

Littlehampton & District Foodbank

If you are referred to attend the Foodbank you will do so at a pre-arranged time on a Tuesday or Friday to collect your food parcels, the Foodbank will be providing 7 day parcels instead of 3 day ones. The Foodbank will be open for appointments only on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1pm and 3pm. 
You can find more information on how to get a Foodbank referral here.

For any queries, please visit their Facebook LittlehamptonDistrictFoodBank, call 07925 862289 or email

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.



Adviceline Number: 0344 477 1171

Adviceline (Mobile Phones Only): 0300 3300 650

24/7 Self Advice guide:

Webchat can be accessed through when webchat is not available, the client is given an option to send an email instead

Other Services:

Domestic Abuse:

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, including your phone number in your email, and we will call you back. Or, if you really need to phone, call 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 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

Our service contact details

Bognor and Chichester (older people):  07495 077341, email:

Littlehampton: 01903 721893, email:

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 01903 721893

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

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.


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