WOODLEY COVID-19 MUTUAL AID GROUP
We are a group of neighbours, co-ordinated by the Woodley Community Organising Group at Start Point Coffee Shop. We have posted flyers through over 6000 houses in our community. We reach the 13,500 homes in the Woodley & Bredbury Ward of Stockport. We are not funded by any external organisation to do this. We are neighbours helping neighbours, we dont even really refer to ourselves as volunteers. We created a video (at not cost) here which tells you about what we do:
PHONE LINE FOR HELP
For urgent help people should call or text 07312 124267 (10am – 12noon every day)
A huge thank you to Mosscare St Vincent housing for supporting us with the cost of our printing and phoneline.
There is also a request for help form below too. We would kindly ask that you do not use Facebook messenger, use personal mobiles (if you know them) or put a message on the group to let us know about people who need help. This is because we could easily miss them & we really don’t want to do that. The phone number or below request for help form are the only two options that should be used.
REQUEST FOR HELP
Do you know someone who needs help? Please complete the below referral form with their details:
If you would like to volunteer in our community please complete the below form with your details:
How this works: we check these responses every Monday and then either Hayley or James will ring you on Monday or Tuesday. We also respond to offers of help on the phone but will then ask you to complete this form so we have your details in one place and know they are stored in a way that is GDPR complient. Because we don’t get paid from a large organisation we will never been instructed to share your data. We will only share your information with first responders in an emergency situation.
Once you have been matched with someone to help we will invite you to weekly zoom calls where we can share stories and any concerns. We ask an NHS professional to attend these sessions too. They happen on a Friday afternoon and are facilitates by Ryan or James.
EMERGENCY FOOD AID
From Thursday 10th April we will be offering limited emergency food aid to our community. We do not get funded for this provision and this should be used in extreme cases. Households should be:
- in Woodley or Bredbury
- in hardship which means they can not afford food
- unable to gain emergency food aid from Stockport Council (contact 0161 217 6046)
To refer yourself or someone else, please complete this form:
The only food we have access to is items kindly donated by our community, donations from Allied Bakery through Stockport Council and donations from Morrisons in Bredbury.
We have a Facebook group for local people to join to come together and ensure no-one is left behind during a period of self isolation. Please join here: LINK
It is managed every single day by Nicola. Nicola also manages this entire thing.
This what what the flyers look like this. Feel free to print of you own.
What are our plans?
10th April 2020 – We are open over Easter as normal. We will also be delivering Eggs to children on Mill Lane state and those nominated by neighbours on Easter Sunday. We will also be featured on the St Mark’s service on Easter Sunday.
7th April 2020 – Thanks to Dot Everyone UK, we now have loan devices and mobile wifi to support our neighbours to get online. If you require support with digital skills or access please call our general phone line number.
2nd April 2020 – Having received £300 funding from Stockport Council, we are now able to offer any neighbour who would like to have it, PPE to protect them and others when they are out and about supporting our community.
25th March 2020 – we are conscious that a few of our team haven’t had a break since 13th March. For this reason we are planning on buying two more phone SIM cards to share the load. The main number will stay the same but people will receive a message to contact an alternative number when required. Thank you to Good Things Foundation for offering to pay for two pay as you go SIM cards for us to make sure we can look after our team.