Are you worried about accessing your finances during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’?
The first thing to do is contact your bank to find out what plans they are putting in place. If you need to give people you know well and trust shopping money, you can do a direct transfer from your account to that person’s bank account. If you are relying on local volunteers that you don’t know, don’t give them cash – arrange to see the receipt first, then transfer that amount to their account, using you bank’s telephone or internet system. If the volunteer insists on cash, point out: a. everywhere is asking for people to pay by card, so cash is pointless, and b. you are promising to transfer the money immediately you get the receipt, so it will go in only a few minutes after they have used their card. This means they shouldn’t/won’t be short of funds in their account. If they won’t accept that, you should probably not use them for shopping.
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Providing – Our Foodbank helps people with emergency food needs (up to 3 days food) – especially for people residing in South Bristol. Clients are typically referred to us via a range of agencies including social services, social workers, local schools, women’s’ refuges and help centres who issue a voucher. The voucher is presented at the Foodbank and the food issued. Vouchers can be emailed to agencies and then printed as required on request.
Providing food to schools, community groups and charities.
Address – 132-134 East Street, Bedminster, Bristol
Providing – Reduced minimum spending for fruit and veg deliveries for elderly people in Bedminster, Redcliffe, Southville, Ashton, Long Ashton, Bishopsworth, Whitchurch, Highridge, Bedminster Down, Headly Park Hartcliffe, Withywood, Knowle, Knowle West, Hengrove, Totterdown and Windmill Hill.
Providing – Order by email or phone. Menu available on facebook or by email request.They will then call back to confirm order, get delivery instructions, set delivery time and take payment.Order delivered to door. They will ring bell and leave on doorstep. Min delivery spend £30.
The Park Bakery, Bedminster
Locality – South Bristol
Contact – 0117 972 0510
Address – 94-96 St Johns Lane BS3 5AQ
Providing – Delivery service to people who HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE (through vulnerability or showing symptoms) and to those who live within a HALF MILE RADIUS of the bakery. Deliveries will initially take place from 4pm and orders must be placed by 1:30pm the previous day (please phone orders through on 0117 972 0510). Currently we can deliver bread, rolls, cakes, savoury pastries, cold drinks and crisps. Card payments will be taken over the phone so that deliveries can be left on the doorstep.
It is important that we not only take precautions to our physical wellbeing during these uncertain times. However, our mental health is equally as important – if you are worried about your mental health, please reach out to someone and look at the resources below.
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, many parts of Bristol have set up neighborhood response groups for people to communicate and support one another. Find your local group here – all are on Facebook.