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Community COVID Response

Community COVID Response

Vince Maples COVID Weekly Updates

Here you will find links to community activities and voluntary organisations and groups supporting the community as advised by Vince Maple on his weekly COVID Updates

South East Trains Disruption Updates https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/live-travel-information/service-disruption01

NHS Coronavirus Advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Local Gov Links


Symptom Free TestingAnyone who lives or works in Medway can now book a coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom-free test. This is especially important if you’re leaving your home for an essential reason including:

• leaving home for work

• to go food shopping

• for exercise

• for a medical reason .https://www.medway.gov.uk/…/coronavirus_covid-19… If you are invited to a test – please go



Help with Rent https://www.medway.gov.uk/…/414/extra-help-paying-the-rent

Support for businesses and self employed https://www.medway.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinesses

Additional Restrictions Grant delay in processingFurther Updates on this during the week aheadTest and Trace Payment https://www.medway.gov.uk/…/nhs_test_and_trace_support…https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200131/council-tax-and-benefits/1104/coronavirus-covid-19-and-council-tax

UK Government Advice

Wear a mask – Social distance – Wash your hands


Travel Advice – updatedFrom 4am on 18 January, if you intend to travel to England, Scotland, or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival. All other current entry requirements and restrictions continue to apply. https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and…

Local Support from Voluntary Groups and Charities and Businesses

‘Cabs4Jabs’ scheme.

Vokes, Windmill and Rainham taxis have teamed up with The Rotary Club of Medway to offer free transport to and from Medway vaccine centres for elderly and vulnerable people living in Medway.Rotarians and Cabbies are appealing for donations to enable free transport to be offered to as many people as possible. The Rotary Club has set a target of raising a £8,000 on top of the £4,000 already donated by the cab firm’s bosses. Drivers are contributing too, by significantly reducing their fares.If you’re able, please donate towards the scheme via the www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/cabs4jabs page where contributions from taxpayers can be enhanced with Gift Aid of 25% being added.Elderly and vulnerable residents without their own means of transport to and from vaccination centres can access the Cabs4Jabs scheme on the Vokes telephone number of 01634 22 22 22 asking to make a booking on the ‘Cabs4Jabs’ scheme. The Vokes cab co-ordinators will then arrange the transport, with cab drivers being reimbursed at a discounted rate from the charity fund.As mentioned above if you, a loved one, or friend is invited to receive a vaccination within the Medway towns and requires help with transport please call us on 01634 22 22 22 and ask to use the Cabs4Jabs scheme. (We are unfortunately unable to provide transport to Gravesend at this time).

Medway Cremation Charges https://www.change.org/p/medway-council-stop-the-48-increase-in-medway-cremation-charges

Medway Fawcett is a branch of the national Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity on campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1565872883613578

Medway Foodbank https://medway.foodbank.org.uk/https://www.gov.uk/…/priority-groups-for-coronavirus…

1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers

3. All those 75 years of age and over

4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5. All those 65 years of age and over

6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (See Conditions Below)

7. All those 60 years of age and over

8. All those 55 years of age and over

9. All those 50 years of age and over

Conditions in Group 6

The risk groups identified by the committee are set out below:

• Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma

• Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)

• Chronic kidney disease• chronic liver disease

• Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy

• Down’s syndrome

• Severe and profound learning disability

• Diabetes

• Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients

• People with specific cancers

• Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment

• Asplenia and splenic dysfunction• morbid obesity

• Severe mental illness

Jessie’s on Palmerston Rd now delivering locally for those who can’t get out 01634786360

Medway Citizens Advice inc Crisis Grant 01634 383760 https://www.medwayadvice.org.uk/

Second Chance Charity https://www.mrs.plus/

Magdalene Ministry in**@ma***************.com

Long Covid Kent & Medway Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/365791341071537/?ref=share

All Saints Community Project https://www.facebook.com/allsaintscommunityprojecttrust/

Taste of Kent Awards https://www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk/vote/




Campaign https://www.plasa.org/we-make-events/

Medway, Stand up to Racism https://www.facebook.com/MEDSUTR/

One Big Family https://www.helpingthehomeless.org.uk/

Domestic Abuse https://www.medway.gov.uk/…/a_bette…/1119/domestic_abuse

White Ribbon https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk

Time to Talk Day https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/


Mutual Aid Road Reps Community Www.MutualAidMedway.org.uk 01634 907045


Support local Medway businesses with our online shopping guide https://www.themedwaylocal.com/

Medway Local Businesses One stop portal for all local and orgnanic products https://medwaymarket.com/

Making Miracles have been given some funding to provide 6 free counselling sessions for any school age child who is having difficulty coping with a loss of someone close to them who has died from covid. This can be referrals made by parents or schools but only for this reason and not due to general mental health issues. Obviously with schools being closed we need to make sure that parents are aware of our services. For further information email be***@ma************.uk


 Musical Therapy, last Saturday of the Month Zoom ID: 829 8236 4022 support if you’re struggling or in crisis: Mikey Ragga

Gillingham Street Angels https://www.thestreet-angels.org/

Much Laughter https://www.facebook.com/MuchlaughterinMedway/

Medway Rugby Football Club – helping families with laptops Drop off Monday 12-2 Thursday 10-12 www.mrfc.net

Help with home learning

Need help printing school work?To help parents with home schooling, free printing is available at many of our offices. https://www.robinson-jackson.com/about/news/2107-help-with-home-learning

Milking Medway

Kent Community Helpers https://www.facebook.com/groups/760968147734736/?ref=share

Kent Together 03000 419292 or https://kentcc-self.achieveservice.com/…/Kent_Together…

Shelter advice and guidance https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus

Mental Healthsupport if you’re struggling or in crisis:

Samaritans – 116 123

CALM – 0800 58 58 58

YoungMinds – 0800 018 2138

ChildLine – 0800 1111

No Panic – 0844 967 4848

SANE – 0300 304 7000

Get Connected – 0808 808 4994

Town Mental Health Ambassador https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

Russell Kimble @ Chatham

Medway Martime Swimming Club

A little more about Medway Martime Swimming Club, they are a non-profit organisation helping children and adults from all ages learn a vital life skill. We have a massive community spirit and have engaged with schools all over Medway. During covid times we still have we have spent time and money on our website, social media, to keep the community informed, fit, and in the best mindset possible. Last week we achieved Swim England Essential Club Swim Mark accreditation. We are currently the only club in Medway with this accreditation. With this in mind we have organised a Crowdfunder campaign where Sport England will match what we raise by 40%. We have collaborated with local businesses who have donated products and services to help us raise vital funds for the club. If you, or you know of other local businesses or individuals which would be willing to help us we would love to hear from you. We thank you in advance for any help people can offer. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-medway…/rewards…