and Surrounding Areas (KASA) Coronavirus Community Help
Working in partnership with Kidlington Parish Council, KASA is a group of over 150 volunteers, willing to support those who are unable to go out of their homes ( for whatever reason). They are here to do shopping, pick up prescriptions, walk the dog or just have a chat. In many respects, they hope you will treat your volunteer as your personal shopper, except that it costs you nothing. This is a totally voluntary service and all you would pay for would be the normal shopping costs. Email Kasa.firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://kasahelp.org/.
Working in partnership with Oxford Food Bank and Kidlington Parish Council, Cherwell larder helps fill the gap in food supply for those in financial need.
Our marketplace will be open at Exeter Hall, Kidlington every Saturday from 11 am - 2pm. Community members can come by to pick up dry and fresh food items at no charge (or if you are able, a ‘pay what you can’ donation). We often have a café on site with takeaway available (while supplies last).
For those who are unable to join us in person, a limited delivery service of fresh and dry food parcels will be available.
More information is available here: https://forms.gle/kPsczkXuT1huZs4m7. Email email@example.com, or call 01865 817676. No referral necessary.
You can support Cherwell Larder by donating here: https://gf.me/u/xzgt6r.
North Oxfordshire Foodbank (covering Kidlington and the surrounding area)
For those with an urgent need of food support.
Call 07929 721172
Winter Support Grants
Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with the county’s district councils and Citizens Advice services, is offering support to vulnerable residents through a Winter Support Grant. Oxfordshire was awarded £400,000 by the government in December to fund the cost of food, electricity, heating and other essential items, and the financial help is available for households to claim by 31 March, 2021. For further information, phone 01295 221448, visit https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/wintergrant or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking out for each other
If you have concerns for a neighbour lacking support as a result of the present emergency, you can email details to Cherwell District Council at email@example.com or call 01295 227051
Harvest @ Home
Harvest @ Home provides food security from the ground up. We give supplies and guidance to help people grow their own food. We helped over 400 people facing food insecurity due to COVID get growing in 2020, and this year we’re looking to reach even more of our neighbours.
Over 80% of our users have never grown anything before, and they say “this is brilliant, makes it so easy!” We can provide indoor and outdoor kits, so if you or anyone you know might be interested please sign up for Harvest@Home, via this link: https://forms.gle/uNhk4T9TVfDNHvSs9.
We always need more volunteers and gardening mentors, as well, so if you DO already grow your own food and would love to help others please sign up to volunteer here:
If you have any interest or questions at all feel free to e-mail us (Emily and Nienke) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 817676.
Support for extremely vulnerable people and self-isolating
See https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/258/coronavirus/700/coronavirus-shielding-our-most-vulnerable for up-to-date information. To register as extremely vulnerable, go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable, or call 01865 897820 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:00pm on Fridays; or email email@example.com. You can also call Cherwell District Council’s Community Hub on 01295 227051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for signposting to suitable services or for assistance from NHS Volunteers.
Kidlington and District Good Neighbour Scheme.
Call 07903 788990 and leave a message or email email@example.com to arrange a friendly chat.
Call 01869 321806 or 0300 330 9037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the usual advice services and about food vouchers. Call 0800 144 8444 for the Universal Credit Help to Claim service.
See also www.canosn.org.uk.
For residents suffering financial hardship (struggling to pay for utilities and basic necessities), Citizens Advice is administering a Winter Hardship Fund on behalf of Cherwell District Council: email email@example.com or call 01295 221448.
If you are elderly/vulnerable and self-isolating (but not in the ‘Shielded’ category), Citizens Advice can deliver an emergency food parcel. Call 0300 30 30 125 and leave your name and telephone number only. One of the team will call you back.
Age UK Oxfordshire and Action for Carers are offering a new, free, telephone support service, providing a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are, to chat and also to help problem solve if people are facing any practical problems eg shopping, prescription collection etc. People can contact the new service on 01865 411288.
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is still open and available. Call 0800 731 0055 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
For homelessness and other housing problems, contact the housing team at email@example.com or 01295 753751. Or go to www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/6/housing for more detailed information.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HELPLLINES
Talking Space Plus. Overcoming anxiety and depression together - 01865 901 222. See the Talking Space Plus poster.
Samaritans - 116 123 (24 hour free phone)
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - 0800 585858 (5pm-midnight)
Guideposts - For those struggling with anxiety or feeling isolated. Call 0800 048 7035 or emal firstname.lastname@example.org to talk, learn useful techniques, or explore support options.
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline:
Adults: 01865 904 997 (24 hours/7days a week)
Children and young people: 01865 904 998 (24 hours/7days a week)
Oxfordshire Mind Information Line
01865 247788 (Monday to Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 9.30am-4.00pm )
Talking Space - 01865 901222 (Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm)
Cherwell Community Larder Needs Volunteers!
Working in partnership with SOFEA and local councils, Cherwell community larder helps fill the gap in food supply for those in need. Food parcels are supplied once a week on Saturday afternoons. We feed over 150 people in Kidlington and surrounding villages.
We need volunteers for 1 to 2 hours each week on Friday and/or Saturday afternoons.
We are especially looking for people able to help with loading and unloading vans (lifting up to 7kgs at once), organising our stockroom, packing boxes and meal kits, and helping with the distribution of parcels from our hub at Exeter Hall.
If you aren’t available on Fridays but want to help us with driving on Saturdays, or fundraising or admin, please also get in touch. Please email email@example.com, or call 01865 817676 if you can help.
If you need to sign up for food parcel delivery do so here https://forms.gle/kPsczkXuT1huZs4m7
. No referral necessary.
You can also support Cherwell Larder by donating here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cherwell-community-larder
Oxfordshire All In
See this new website launched by Oxfordshire Community Voluntary Action (OCVA) to register, map and support groups across the county helping people in response to Covid-19: https://www.oxfordshireallin.org and https://ocva.org.uk/.
OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS
See our Contact Us pages for Kidlington Parish Council contacts
Cherwell District Council Switchboard: 01295 227001
Council Tax and business rates: 01295 227000
Housing benefits/Council tax reduction: 01295 227002
Waste/Recycling/Street cleansing: 01295 227003
Planning: 01295 227006
Environmental Service/Dog Warden: 01295 227007
Parking: 01295 227008
Oxfordshire County Council: 01865 792422
Street Lights: 0800 317 802
Floodline: 0845 988 1188 www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood Contact OCC ref Sandbags (if needed ref flooding) 0345 310 111
Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60 (24 hrs)
101 NHS Direct 111
Thames Water: 0845 920 0800
Gas Emergency: 0800 111 999
Lincraft 01865 950500
Glebe 01865 841859
OSJCT 01865 372220
C S Boswell Independent FD 01865 373712
Jerrams 01865 374444
Reeves & Pain 01865 371159
S&R Childs 01865 378888
Doctors and medical
The Key Medical Practice 01865 842292
Gosford Medical practice 01865 374242
The Key NHS Pharmacy 01865 371471
Kidlington Carers Group 07557 430 878
Kidlington Macular Support Group 0300 3030 111
Oxfordshire Mind 01865 247788
Talking Space 01865 901222
Daybreak (Dementia) 01865 776744
St Marys & St Johns (Anglican) 07821 542 182 (Felicity) 07909 976 637 and Martin - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptist Church 01865 374983
Methodist 01865 373280
St Thomas Moore 01865 377093
Life Home Community 07970927802
Grace Church 07471201590
'Kidlington Anglican Churches' will be holding a stay in touch through social media from their facebook page (Kidlington Anglican Churches) 10am 'Pause for Prayer' everyday live streamed.
You can also access this through the website without having to use facebook - https://kidhp.org.uk/