What is COVID-19
Coronavirus is a new illness that causes in most people mild flu like symptoms, including fever, a new dry persistent cough and shortness of breath. Some people however will suffer more severe symptoms that will need hospital intervention.
We need to slow down the infection spreading, therefore Government advice is to stay at home
You must now only go outside for food, health reasons or to work (where this cannot be done from home)
You must wash your hands as soon as you get home for at least 20 seconds and ensure you practice Social Distancing and stay 2 metres away from other people.
Local Supermarket Opening Times
- information compiled on 31 March 2020, and is designed to be used as a guide only. Please check individual supermarket websites for the most up to date information
You can find the latest information and advice below
How do you get help if you are isolating
There is help out there that has been arranged and set up by local residents and we have collated it all in wards below
The Chequers pub in Aylesford are offering free meals to vulnerable people over 70 in Aylesford High Street and the Royal British Legion. The meal is delivered chilled with easy to understand reheat instructions and is a daily service. People need to contact the Chequers direct before 11am each day to reserve their meal, the number is 01622 717286 or 01622 826082. There is a Just Giving page set up to help fund this.
They are also offering a 7 day meal plan to over 60's who are vulnerable, self-isolating, or need some extra help and will cover the Maidstone area, Allington, Snodland, Eccles, Burham, Ditton and Larkfield. It will be delivered at a basic cost of £24.50 for the week plus a one off delivery charge of £5.00. The Chequers will have to start asking for ID and proof of age or status as this service is in place to help the most vulnerable and those who truly need it.
For more information and the menu options please email email@example.com or phone 01622 717286 or 01622 826082.
The Aylesford Bulls Rugby Club have set up a food box service and these are for families of children who are entitled to free school meals. To request a food box please send a private email to the clubs manager Jayne.firstname.lastname@example.org
it is not a food bank where you pop in and collect it, it is a delivery service and most families have already been passed to the Rugby Club from local schools.
If you have food you wish to donate please contact Jayne on the above email address to find out how and where to drop your donations off.
There is not as far as we know a group set up to help with shopping and other errands currently in Aylesford.
The Chequers are also putting together fruit, veg and salad boxes at a cost of £12.50 and breakfast boxes costing £15. These are available to Pre-order for delivery on Monday. Please email or phone the Chequers for more information email@example.com or phone 01622 717286 or 01622 826082.
St. Peter’s and St. Pauls Church Aylesford
If you are on your own and would like a regular phone call from a caring member of the Church please ring Janet on 01622 710083 or Ruth on 01622 717434 and they will put you in touch with someone who will keep in contact with you. This is for anyone; you do not need to be a Church member.
Eccles, Blue Bell Hill and Walderslade
The residents of Eccles have set up their own Facebook page called ‘Eccles Coronavirus Help and Support Group’ which is a private group that people need to join. Fellow residents request help from others to get their prescriptions, food and other essential items if they are self-isolating, elderly or vulnerable.
One of our Borough Councillors Andrew Kennedy has set up a meal delivery service for Eccles in conjunction with the Chequers pub Aylesford which works in a similar way as the Aylesford service and is free at the moment due to the very generous donations received. It could have a small charge of approximately £3.00 per meal in the future depending on the level of the donations that are made via a Go Fund Me page.
If you would like a meal every day please phone Andrew on 07792 924820 between 10am and 11am on a Monday to place your entire order for the week ahead. If you would only like an occasional meal then please call Andrew on the morning you need it between the same times.
This service has just been extended to Blue Bell Hill and shortly to Walderslade.
Being able to provide a meal for pensioners, people who live alone and have no one to help them with their shopping during isolation means they can have a decent meal every day.
The residents of Blue Bell Hill have set up a volunteer help service very similar to what Eccles have done to help people with shopping which they manage street by street. Everyone in Blue Bell Hill would have received a letter with the contact details of the volunteer for their street who will help them get their essential items. People will need to contact them via their Facebook page ‘Blue Bell Hill Village Community Connections’ or by ringing the number on the letter. Alternatively if you do not have access to Facebook or have lost the letter please contact the Parish Office between 9am and 3pm as we have a point of contact and can pass your details on to ensure you get the help you need.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
They have set up a Community and Living help page on their website, link below
Their dedicated community support number is 01732 876152 and this helpline will be available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and currently Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
They are offering food and basic emergency supplies to those shielded medically and vulnerable people and those in self-isolation who cannot access food via friends/family/other local support networks.
They are also offering a befriending telephone service so that those isolating do not feel alone
Kent County Council
Have set up a 24 hour helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. The phone number is 03000 41 92 92 but you will find all the information and contact details here
Other information you may find useful
Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge areas have put together the following information leaflet https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/sevenoaks--tonbridge/original-blocks/our-services/local-information-packs/coronavirus.pdf
In the Medway Towns the Kent Muslim Welfare Association has started a Volunteers Group. They are in contact with the local MVA - Medway Voluntary Action and IPAG -Independent Police Advisory Group and FOOD Bank etc.
The Rochester Gurdwara are offering free food to the needy. The taxi drivers from KMWA collect the food and deliver it since the Gurdwara do not have the taxi drivers.
There is a list of ladies who can drive /collect prescriptions and do shopping etc while following the social distancing rules. Most have a DBS and are highly qualified in their fields.
They can offer support on phone in Gujarati/Urdu/Punjabi/Syelheti and Bengali as well as English
Two phone numbers to call are:
For help with Females: Rizwana Shelley 01634 660363 or 07857 196560
For help with Males: Anwar Khan 07957 150869
There are currently 20 female volunteers and 100 male volunteers. Languages now include: Hindi, Arabic and French
There is a group called Free Food for Medway and Kent who deliver essential food items to vulnerable people, the food is donated from Tesco's. If you think you would benefit from this service please contact the Parish by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01622 717084 between 9am and 2.30pm weekdays. and we can pass your details on and someone will contact you.
The Post Office have set up a 'Payout Now' scheme to enable the vulnerable and those who are self isolating to access their money during these difficult times. Scheme Information
Replacement Hearing Aid Batteries
Hi-Kent run the clinics within the community which are run by volunteers
People can either collect batteries from their office in Brewer Street or they will post them out.
If collecting they need to take their brown book with them
If they want them posted they need to ring up
18 Brewer Street Maidstone, ME14 1RU
01622 691151 Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm
Sainsbury's Gift Card to pay for Shopping
If you are finding it hard or are unable to get to the shops, send an E-Gift card to a friend or helper so that they can shop and pay in store for you.
1. Visit sainsburysgiftcard.co.uk
2. Choose how much money you would like to add to a card
3. Enter the email address of your helper
4. An E-Gift card will be sent to them which they can use to pay in stores.
E-Gift cards are only redeemable in stores.