As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds the amount of support and advice available grows on a daily basis. On the one hand this is heartening - it shows the remarkable amount of goodwill that exists in society and the ability of our governing institutions to respond to crisis. However it can also lead to confusion - knowing who to listen to and where to turn can be daunting.
No doubt things will become clearer as time passes. In the long term you can expect that future governments will make sure that we are better prepared to face such upheavals. For now we have listed below some definitive sources of help, both local and national.
Support In Allington
Cllr Mike Mould has undertaken the task of coordinating the Allington volunteer effort. The procedure is: a resident requiring urgent volunteer assistance will call Mike on either his mobile - 07779 746135 or landline - 01400 281977. Mike will then contact one of his volunteer helpers and will then call you back to let you know the name of the helper. The helper will then make contact and give whatever help he/she is able. NOTE. The helper will not make physical contact, will not enter premises and will not give lifts in their cars.
The shop is now closed
The Dispensary team are now in a position to dispense your repeat requests in their normal timescale of three working days. Collections can be made from the surgery. Group collections are encouraged wherever possible. This will reduce footfall, queues and unnecessary movements. If you are collecting for others, try to arrange between yourselves for the next time you are due. Collection hours are 10.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday. The Dispensary will close as usual on Wednesdays between 1pm and 2pm.
We will still need patients to comply with the social distancing measures we have in place and would still ask that you ONLY collect your medication once you have received either a text message or have been advised by a member of staff that your medication is ready to collect. When collecting you will be required to wear a face covering.
The Allington Facebook group is a forum for discussion. Residents can use it to discuss anything relevant to the village. Recently that has focused on COVID_19. We don't allow misinformation, commercial or abusive content. Recently we have seen a surge in membership. Many new members have friends and family in the village. If this is you then you are more than welcome and we would encourage you to ask questions if you have any concerns about the welfare of your loved ones.
The Post Office is back at the village hall from 17 April. It will be open on Fridays from 9:00 am to noon. Social distancing measures will be applied.
The pub will open all day on Saturday 4th July from 12 noon. It will also be open all day on Sunday 5th July. On both days they will be serving drinks only. The pub will be closed on Monday 6th July. It will then be open as normal from Tuesday 7th. From this date the restaurant menu will be available.
Support In Lincolnshire
SKDC has launched a COVID-19 community information hub open 8am-7pm seven days a week, answering requests for help or info from people who are vulnerable or need assistance due to age or ill-health. Call 01476 406177 or 01476 406358 or email SKCommunityHub@southkesteven.gov.uk
Free, confidential and impartial advice. Although all walk-in sites are closed assistance is still available from the advice line - call 03444 111 444 or webchat and email.
To find out more about the services available including debt and budgeting advice check out their website.
There are a lot of Facebook groups that have been set up to discuss COVID-19. There can be a lot of misinformation, particularly on poorly moderated groups. There are two that we can recommend. The first is the Grantham Area Covid-19 Support Page. This is a volunteer group for the Grantham area. It allows a broad range of topics and is properly moderated. The other is the Facebook Coronavirus Information Centre. This is a valuable resource and has been set up by Facebook. Although a national page you can adjust the settings so that you only see information relative to your locality.
Government and National Advice
Advice about what you can and cannot do is available from the Government website. There is a link below to their main COVID-19 page. From there you can find links to a wealth of information. This includes financial support for businesses and individuals, and travel advice.
Coping with self isolation
Stimulate your mind and plan your time with this self isolation pack. It's a PDF download.
Explaining coronavirus to children
A free book illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Download or read online.