Find local community groups
A number of community groups are emerging on Facebook and WhatsApp which are trying to coordinate activities locally.
You can also get help from:
- Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK has compiled a list of local groups set up on social media sites such as Facebook or WhatsApp in an effort to share learning, resources and support. You can find out what groups are in your area, or to register a group
- The Community Council for Somerset (Somerset Village and Community Agents) are already working in communities with different groups and individuals to make sure the vulnerable are identified and supported. You can find local village agent details here
- Citizens Advice in Somerset have closed their face to face services (including outreach) and increased capacity on their phones and email services. Clients can visit their respective websites for full details of their options or phone their advice line on 03444 889 623
- Mindline Somerset is an out of hours helpline that is a confidential listening service providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. They can also give basic information about mental health and local services. Find out more or phone 01823 276 892 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Information for community support groups
Check with your local parish and town council or via social media to see if there is already a group operating in your area before starting a new group. You can find your local council here
Spark Somerset have launched Corona Helpers. If your group is coordinating community support in response to COVID-19, you can use Corona Helpers to promote your work and recruit and manage new volunteers. You can sign up here
Spark Somerset also have a COVID-19 page on their website, where they share latest information, useful resources and best practice guidance. If you’ve recently set up a COVID-19 support group or are thinking of doing so, then there are some things you’ll need to consider which are included on the page.
Somerset Community Foundation have launched a Coronavirus appeal and is offering fast-tracked funding for all local charities, community organisations and volunteer groups helping those in most urgent need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can find out more on the Somerset Community Foundation website
Somerset Local Authorities’ Civil Contingencies Partnership – Emergency Response and Recovery Policy – Emergency Donations
Coronavirus – Support for voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises – Financial scheme information for the voluntary sector affected by Coronavirus.
If you can’t find the help you need, or your need is more urgent, please phone the
Somerset Coronavirus Helpline