24 March 2020
This email was sent out of supporters on March 24, 2020.
UPDATE: NHS volunteering page here https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/
I hope that this email finds you all well in these tough times!
The community response to the coronavirus is vital to keeping people healthy! I’m sure that you’ve been pulling together, looking out for your neighbours and generally remembering to be kind. Keep up the good work.
The latest NHS advice can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The priority in the short term should be looking after everyone's basic needs especially the vulnerable! We have asked Reading council about a council tax holiday for those that need it. Reading Council has also made space available at the Queens Road car park for NHS workers, increased the grace period in permit parking areas to 10 minutes and removed the time restrictions on concessionary bus passes. Let me know what else the council could be doing to help?
Full Reading council coronavirus information here https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus
Wokingham Council coronavirus information here https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/health/public-health-campaigns/coronavirus/
Because of the need to minimise contact we have suspended our usual Green Party year-round door knocking and advice surgeries. You can still contact us by phone or email though, but please bear in mind that with the current situation you might not get the usual quick response as we will need to prioritise the most vulnerable.
Reading Green Party councillor and campaigner contact details can be found here: https://reading.greenparty.org.uk/people
We are aware that many roads have set up electronic groups to keep in contact and support neighbours? Google groups, Facebook groups and Whatsapp groups all work well.
We are no longer delivering our regular newsletters or doing any mass leafleting however if you know of a vulnerable neighbour in Reading and can’t contact them by phone or electronically you can print out this leaflet and put it through their letterbox. https://www.dropbox.com/s/4duze5q3nn9d1xk/coronavirus%20leaflet%20A4.pdf?dl=0
There are some links to key groups working to support residents here:
Reading council and the voluntary sector have set up the One Reading Community Support hub for people either needing help or offering it https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirussupport
Information on getting help or providing help in Wokingham here https://www.wokinghampaper.co.uk/give-help-get-help-charities-unite-to-coordinate-boroughs-volunteers-during-coronavirus-crisis/
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Keep up the good work!
Green councillor, Reading
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