COVID-19 Local Support

We have created this page to inform local people about what help is being offered during the coronavirus pandemic. If you (or someone you know) are elderly or vulnerable and need help, please read the information below (updated 04/09/2020)…

We aim to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you know of other local services/help, please let us know – 01263 519454 / info@merchantsplace.co.uk.

Update: Face mask exemption cards are not longer available from the Centre. They are available from the Gov.uk website to print at home.

All of our regular courses and groups have been temporarily cancelled throughout the November lockdown. However, we still have a handful of support groups running, as well as our community larder which is available 5 days a week.
Keep up to date with what is happening at the Centre and community events by following our social media platforms which are updated regularly.
Facebook – Merchants’ Place
Twitter – Merchants’ Place
Telephone: 01263 519454
Email: info@merchantsplace.co.uk

Cromer Cares is a free service that are working to support residents who are shielding in Cromer and the surrounding areas or for those who are, or feel, they may be at increased risk. They can help with collecting shopping, delivering prescriptions, issuing food-bank vouchers, telephone befriending or any other support required. To access this free service, call 01263 512254 or 07789 625033 (also available for text or Whatsapp).

YOUR AREA…
Cromer: ‘Cromer Cares’ has been created to help those who are vulnerable or elderly during this pandemic. A group of volunteers are ready to help with things such as food distribution, dog walking, collecting prescriptions, pet care and personal care (depending on area) during this pandemic. If you need help, call this number – 01263 512254. You can also stay up to date by checking their Facebook page.
Facebook – Cromer Cares
Cromer Cares Website
Tim Adams is also available to organise help for those in need – 07789 625033 / tim.adams@cromer-tc.gov.uk.

Overstrand: ‘Helping Hands’ – As the coronavirus continues to spread, Overstrand Parish Council in conjunction with Overstrand Together, have set up ‘Helping Hands’ support network. This is to help those who are self-isolating or are unable to go shopping, collect prescriptions, post letters or walk dogs. If you require assistance, you can email or telephone: June White – 01263 576766 / clerk@overstrandparishcouncil.org.uk. Di Rolph – 01263 579114 / drolph@uwclub.net. All you need to do is tell them who you are and what help you need.

Northrepps: Contact Michelle Renaud – 07789 917290 / michelle.Renaud.honey@outlook.com. Volunteers are ready to help those in need by offering services such as food distribution, dog walking, collecting prescriptions, pet care and personal care (depending on area) during this pandemic.
-Northrepps Village Trust offering help with prescriptions/medication, shopping, posting mail, friendly chat on the phone. If you live alone and have no local family, you may wish to contact them with your details and arrange for a volunteer to make regular checks on your well-being. The volunteer group is being co-ordinated by NVT. In the first instance email or call:
northreppsvillage@gmail.com – Gavin: 01263 578271 – Sarah: 01263 579256 – Anna: 01263 579134 – Chris: 07768 103811.

Bodham/Beckham: Contact Callum Ringer – 07824 381519 / callumringer@yahoo.co.uk. Volunteers are ready to help those in need by offering services such as food distribution, dog walking, collecting prescriptions, pet care and personal care (depending on area) during this pandemic.
– Group of volunteers offering help with prescriptions/medication, urgent supplies, posting mail, other tasks as required. Telephone 07824 381519.

North Walsham: North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme is a network of volunteers offering practical support to elderly and vulnerable community members. They are now working with the council to offer support to those in need. For further information, call 01692 558321 or visit www.nwgoodneighbour.org.uk
Mariett’s Chariots offering help with: prescriptions/medication, shopping, posting mail, friendly chat on the phone, help with driving. Telephone 01692 406818. The company announced: “With a near empty diary and drivers twiddling their thumbs, if any vulnerable or elderly people need any help with shopping, transport to doctors etc, let us know and we will be happy to help our local community, free of charge of course.”

Sheringham: Sheringham has a Facebook group dedicated to matching volunteers with offers of help. Search for ‘Mutual Aid Sheringham’.

Mundesley: Mundesley Parish Council are offering help to those who are self-isolating. If you need help, or would like to volunteer to help others, contact the council directly – 01263 720603 or email clerk@mundesley-pc.gov.uk.

Trunch: Trunch Village Stores Can deliver for those unable to leave the house – 01263 722072.

Southrepps: Claire Ayling is offering help with prescriptions/medication, shopping, posting mail, friendly chat on the phone. Telephone 07526 000747.

Holt: Holt has a Facebook group dedicated to matching volunteers with offers of help. Search for ‘Holt Coronavirus Support Group’.
Siobhan Rayner is offering help with prescriptions/medication, urgent supplies. Telephone 07570 570442.
-Parker and Gillam are offering help with: prescriptions/medication, shopping, posting mail, friendly chat on the phone. Telephone 07780 111766 / 01263 710007.

Briston: Group of volunteers offering help with: prescriptions/medication, shopping, posting mail, friendly chat on the phone, washing. Telephone 07961 872265.

Aylsham: Laura Childerhouse is offering help. People in the area can call her on 07340770144, should they need help.

Hoveton: Operation Good Neighbour offering help with: prescriptions/medication, urgent supplies. Visit www.goodneighbour.wroxhambenefice.org or search for ‘Operation Good Neighbour Hoveton and Wroxham’ on Facebook.

Skeyton: Volunteer offering help with: prescriptions/medication, urgent supplies. Contact MP Duncan Baker’s constituency office on 01692 557140 for further details.

Ludham: Churches together in Ludham, in association with Ludham Parish Council, offering help with: prescriptions/medication, urgent supplies, shopping. Telephone 01692 511511.

Wells-Next-The-Sea: Ellen McHugh – Offering help with shopping, prescription collection, mailing your post, dog walking, friendly chat on the phone. Ellen has a current DBS certificate – please call 07922 808 809 if you are in need of help.

The Norfolk County Council are supplying a range of information for those in need during this time. Have a look at the ‘Where I Live’ section on their website – https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/where-i-live

The council details for your area if needed:
Norwich city council – https://www.norwich.gov.uk/coronavirus

North Norfolk district council – https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/projects/coronavirus/

Great Yarmouth Council – https://www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/coronavirus

South Norfolk Council – https://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/residents/communities/coronavirus

Breckland District Council – https://www.breckland.gov.uk/service-updates

Broadland District Council – https://www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus

West Norfolk and King’s Lynn District Council – https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus

HELPFUL INFORMATION…
Citizen’s Advice have stopped offering one-to-one appointments for the foreseeable future; however, they are still giving telephone appointments for those in need. They also have information on their website – www.citizensadvice.org.uk. Give them a call on 03444 111 444.

Family Court Domestic Abuse Service: This service offers information about the court process and emotional support to help victims feel more confident about attending family court hearings. This service helps victims of domestic abuse. Contact information: 0300 332 1000 or visit their website – www.citizensadvice.org.uk/familycourt

Norfolk Community Law Service have stopped offering one-to-one appointments for the foreseeable future; however, they are still giving telephone appointments for those in need. Call them on 01603 496623 to book your appointment.

Domestic Abuse Support:
Pandora Project: https://www.pandoraproject.org.uk/contact-us/
Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Service: 0300 561 0077
Women’s Aid: helpline@womensaid.co.uk
Harbour Centre, Sexual Assault Referral Centre: 01603 276381, or email contact@theharbourcentre.co.uk
Refuge (National Domestic Abuse Hotline): Freephone, 24 hour helpline – 0808 2000 247.

North Norfolk District Council: No longer offering face-to-face appointments to consider the safety of their staff team. If you need to contact the council, check their website – www.north-norfolk.co.uk or call them directly on 01263 513811.
If you are homeless or about to become homeless please check the Norfolk County Council website or contact 01263 516375.


WELLBEING…
NHS Wellbeing Service: Offering telephone and video appointments to help you deal with your mental health, wellbeing and emotional support. This is a self-referral service. To contact them, call them on 0300 123 1503 or visit their website – www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or email admin@wellbeingnandw.co.uk.
Cromer Cares Telephone Befriending Service: This is a free service offered by Cromer Cares to support residents who may be isolated or who would simply benefit from a chat on the phone. Call 01263 512254 to access this service.
Danny Hickling Based in Cromer, offering an online and telephone counselling throughout the lockdown period . You can book an initial 15 minute phone / Zoom SKYPE Video call which is FREE. All charges beyond the first phone call are listed on the website – www.crystalclearcounselling.co.uk
You will talk to a registered psychotherapeutic counsellor with the UKCP who is also listed on the accredited register of counsellors with the BACP (the two main counselling bodies in the uk).
In addition NHS and Police employees in Norfolk can claim three 30 minute support sessions during the Coronavirus Lockdown period (subject to demand)
Golden Leaf Counselling based in Northrepps is offering free 15 minute counselling sessions www.goldenleafcounselling.com
NHS: Every Mind matters https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ in light of coronavirus around looking after your mental health while staying at home and tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus.

OTHER ORGANISATIONS…
OCD Action: Continuing to offer online support groups to those who have OCD. Contact them directly by calling 0845 390 6232 or by visiting their website – www.ocdaction.org.uk.

Age UK Norwich: Advice line remains open – 01603 496333. Referral system currently open but face-to-face appointments suspended.

Age UK Norfolk: Advice line remains open – 0300 500 1217. Referral system currently open but face-to-face appointments suspended.

Shelter: Advice line remains open – 0344 515 1860. Referral system currently open but offices and face-to-face appointments suspended.

Equal Lives: Advice line remains open – 01508 491210. Referral system currently open but face-to-face appointments suspended (very limited face-to-face services where possible).

MAP: Advice line remains open – 01603 216481. Drop-in service available but screenings are conducted at the door with strict hygiene procedures in place.

Stay safe, happy and healthy! We are all in this together – be sure to look after your loved ones, your neighbours and the vulnerable in this uncertain time.