During the past few weeks, a number of community organisations and voluntary associations have set up dedicated groups and channels during the COVID-19 outbreak which provide assistance to the vulnerable, elderly or disabled in the Hailsham area, whether ot be mental health support, drop-off and pick-up services, food delivery or shopping.
Here is a list of some of the groups and voluntary organisations published on the Hailsham Town Council website that you can contact to receive or offer your support.
Hailsham Crisis Support
Sunflowers Mental Health & Well-Being CIC is managing the Facebook group ‘Hailsham Crisis Support’, which welcomes volunteers to help support the vulnerable and elderly in Hailsham and surrounding rural areas during this difficult time. If anyone wants to lend a helping hand or is in need of this service please get in touch and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit their Facebook page.
Hailsham Community Hub (SCDA)
The Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) is working hard to ensure they minimise any risks of Covid-19 to the people who access their services, staff and volunteers. They are following the latest guidance from the Government to ensure their staff, volunteers and service-users stay safe and healthy. Hailsham Community Hub continues to maintain its service delivery where possible and is adapting delivery so that they can continue to help local people. For further information, send an email.
Community Food Hub
The King’s Head Cacklebury is operating a temporary Community Food Hub to help locals to obtain essential supplies. The pub’s existing wholesalers continue to supply with fresh meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese, eggs, cleaning products, toiletries, tinned products and dry foods. Please enquire in the first instance by sending an email to email@example.com, leaving your phone number and they will call you back. Once your order has been put together, you will be contacted by Community Food Hub for payment by card over the phone and to arrange safe collection.
NHS Care Packages
A small community organisation based in Hailsham made up of Hailsham Cricket Club players, ‘NHS Care Packages’, is working to source and deliver basic grocery packages to the NHS staff who live in the local area. They are providing packages to NHS staff for free to help out and make their lives a little easier during this pandemic. If you or anyone you know works within the NHS and requires this service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide proof of employment in the NHS, an address and delivery times which work for you. Funding donations to https://www.gofundme.com/f/hailsham-nhs-care-packages.
Community Sewing Project (#NHS Angels)
A local community sewing project established providing assistance to midwives at local hospitals. Currently, around 80 local sewing/crafting people are making scrub laundry bags and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) headbands. Having successfully completed phase 1 of the project of providing over 5,000 items to the NHS and community-based carers, the project has changed their production line to making masks. If you wish to join their band of volunteers, contact Mary on 07723 444209 or by email: email@example.com.
3VA: Voluntary Action in Eastbourne, Lewes & Wealden
New community hubs have now opened in every part of East Sussex in response to the coronavirus emergency. These hubs will focus their help on people who do not have an extreme medical condition but are vulnerable because they are isolated from help, too unwell to buy food or have other pressing difficulties. The hubs will also bring together volunteers, donations and projects to co-ordinate East Sussex’s community response to the virus. To contact the Wealden branch (including Hailsham) please phone 01323 443322 or find out more here.
Town Mayor Cllr Paul Holbrook said: “I am extremely grateful to the many local community groups, voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals who are offering local deliveries, pick-ups, drop-offs and even those checking on or caring for people who are self-isolating, elderly or more vulnerable to the virus. I am truly amazed by the response of you all to the coronavirus crisis.”
“As you know, COVID-19 continues to spread in our community and, in this time of crisis, regular communication with residents – in addition to local businesses, voluntary organisations and community stakeholders – is critical.”
“Please continue to help anyone you may think is in need, whether it be simple tasks like shopping and collecting medication for those who are vulnerable or self-isolating. But, at the same time, please do heed the advice we have been given by the Government concerning social distancing. Don’t put yourselves and others at risk. We are all a part of the solution to this pandemic.”
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org