We now have around 40 households, nearly 10% of the village, signed up to help others in need with a variety of tasks that might be required during short term (showing symptoms) or long term isolation (vulnerable groups).
Also distributed with the information leaflets were Self Isolation signs that residents may attach to their front doors to signify to neighbours and visitors that they are isolating.
The most likely request for help is home delivery of grocery items. We cannot replace a full home delivery grocery service but the volunteer network aims to be able to provide a quick response when specific urgent items are requested. The volunteers are in regular communication via instant messaging and through this we can let each other know when going on planned shopping trips to local supermarkets and other outlets.
If residents in self isolation have a request please use one of the following methods to contact us:
Phone: 07842 840644
We have compiled a list of local for suppliers that might be helpful to residents for both groceries and takeaway meals. The list will be updated regularly and can be found here.
Already we have been able to distribute food boxes to around 10 local households thanks to the kind generosity of The Bunk Inn.
We have also established a medical prescription collection service for Curridge residents from the Downland Practice. Our collection day will be THURSDAY every week, starting on 2nd April. If you have a prescription due then please contact the practice on 01635 248251 to give your consent for it to be collected and delivered by our volunteers. If you normally have to pay for prescriptions then payment will have to be completed by phone by the Wednesday before collection day. Our volunteers will deliver the prescriptions to your home address during daytime (8.30-4.30) and will need to see you to accept delivery.
Please do not contact the volunteer network directly regarding prescription collections unless you have a more urgent need than the next scheduled weekly collection run. In that case please make arrangements directly with the surgery for the prescription and then contact the volunteer network to request a dedicated collection on the day/time that the prescription is expected to be ready.
We hope to adapt the volunteer network to be able to respond to any other reasonable requests that residents make during self isolation, whilst respecting the health and security of the volunteers and working within the evolving government guidelines.
Already we have a couple of volunteers that have indicated willing to help with dog walking in the village so please get in touch if this may be helpful.
Even if you don't have a specific help request yet, if you enter self isolation in the village then please feel free to register with the volunteer network using the following form forms.gle/ZPVPHy72HHYs22La9. That way we can get a volunteer to proactively check in with you via phone, email or messaging to ask if if there is anything required when we know that someone is already visiting the shops.