Coronavirus update from Time Bank Plus

Coronavirus update from Time Bank Plus 

 Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have made the decision to suspend most of our normal groups and activities.

This is a very difficult time for all of us and we are having to adapt day by day to the changing situation. There are many isolated and vulnerable people in our communities who will be struggling to cope, but there has also been a fantastic volunteer response from individuals and groups in Bath offering to help with tasks like shopping, dog walking or simply a reassuring phone call.

We would like to hear from you if you or someone you know is in need of help or if you can offer help at this time. We may be able to organise some of this through the Time Bank, but there are also other volunteer networks we can engage with which are co-ordinating volunteering in every neighbourhood of B&NES. Please fill in the short questionnaire below if you need help or are able to offer assistance.

At present, we are continuing with 2 projects (see below). However this may change at any time, depending on Government advice. We are also looking at setting up some new online groups, which may be a great way to connect with others during this difficult period.

Southside Food Co-op

The Food Co-op offers boxes of fresh seasonal produce, grown locally by a traditional market gardener, with virtually no sprays or artificial fertilisers, at excellent value. Boxes are priced from £4.50 (small) to £7(large). These prices include a £1 home delivery charge (to South & West Bath only), as collection from our office will no longer be an option.

The Food Co-op has been running on a fortnightly basis but in the current period, we are considering the possibility of running it on a weekly basis and of changing the Co-op day from a Wednesday to a Tuesday. These changes are still under review.  Please let us know if you would like to make an order.

Meals Delivery to elderly & vulnerable people

Sadly, we are no longer able to run the Lunch Club in the current period. However we are currently offering home delivery of a freshly cooked hot meal priced at £5 to members of the Lunch Club on Wednesdays. We have the capacity to offer this to a small number of additional people who are elderly & vulnerable and who live in the Twerton area. Please let us know if you know someone who would like to receive this.

NEW – ONLINE GROUPS!

Creative Writing

We have been discussing the possibility of setting up an online creative writing group. We have some experienced members who are willing to help lead the group and hope to be setting this up very soon. Please let us know if you’d like further info about this.

Online Scrabble & other games

We’d like to set up an online games group – please get in touch if you’re interested or can help us set this up.

Online Films

This is another possible group activity, where people watch a film at the same time and can chat about it – let us know if you’re interested.

Other Online Groups

We are sure there is the potential for many other online activities whilst we are all spending time at home, for example perhaps we could set up a Language Learning Circle. Please get in touch with your suggestions – we’d love to hear from you.

WhatsApp groups

We will set up a main Time Bank WhatsApp group for people to share their thoughts and ideas and generally connect with others. Please could you let us know if you’d like to join this and include your mobile phone number.

We may also set up some smaller groups. As ever, anyone interested in volunteering to help with these will be very welcome.

IT assistance

We’d love to hear from volunteers who are willing to help and advise people who are unfamiliar with setting up and using online groups and platforms.

QUESTIONNAIRE

 Help needed (please highlight those which you would like)

Daily or weekly phone call

Help getting shopping

Dog walking

Advice & support with IT / online forums

Other

Help offered (please highlight those which you can offer)

Daily or weekly phone call

Help getting shopping

Dog walking

Advice & support with IT / online forums

Help with Food Co-op

Delivery of meals or vegetables by car

Help cooking & preparing meals

Other

Are you happy for us to pass on your details to the Bath Corvid-19 Volunteer Support Network co-ordinated by 3SG?                  YES / NO

Would you like to join the TB+ WhatsApp group?                  YES / NO

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