Drinkstone Parish Council is working closely with Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Babergh & Mid Suffolk and Suffolk County Council to ensure that it can deliver a co-ordinated response to support the community.
This page is updated as we learn of any changes or new services/facilities. Last updated 11th May.
If you feel you can offer support to vulnerable people in the village without endangering your own health click how to offer support
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Useful Links and Information
Frequently asked questions What you can and can’t do (updated 22nd September)
NEW: How to download and use the new NHS Covid 19 app NHS Covid 19 app
Gov.uk: Updated guidance This guidance covers a wide range of topics
NEW: Covid-19 Testing in Suffolk – Testing for critical workersTesting for critical key workers Suffolk (RC)
Suffolk recycling centres – more booking slots
How to make and wear a face mask
Twitter feed from Suffolk CC on Social Distancing
A new Suffolk-focused community service
We are urged to rally together as local COVID-19 app is launched to connect volunteers and people who need help.
Called ‘Home But Not Alone’, the service has been launched to help connect people who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need.
The service will mean willing volunteers, charities, town and parish councils, community and religious groups can all log their details and offers of support on an app, while people who need help can phone to request support.
As the number of offers and requests grows, they will be matched so that the right help can be given where it’s most needed. This support could include delivering groceries, medication or essential household goods, in line with Government social distancing guidelines.
The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.
The Home, But Not Alone service was created by partners from Suffolk’s councils, police, health bodies and charitable organisations which come together as the Collaborative Communities Board.
Support line for NHS and key workers in the care sector offering spiritual and pastoral support.
Telephone 01473 563 563
Local number – available 24/7
This is a support line for NHS and key workers in the care sector offering spiritual and pastoral support.
Safe volunteering guide – tips for volunteersTips-for-safe-volunteering
COVID-19: What you need to do – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19:
Coronavirus Tracking smartphone app:
Researchers in the UK have launched a coronavirus tracking smartphone app and are urging everyone to use it to help us track the spread of the deadly disease: https://covid.joinzoe.com/
The COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app can be downloaded for free for both iOS and Android devices. It asks users to put in details like their age, sex and postcode and then take one minute each day to report on whether or not they feel healthy. If not, they can answer questions on a wide range of symptoms like a dry cough, fever or fatigue.
The app will help health officials build up a picture of how the virus is spreading through the UK and what can be done to help areas most at risk. The app was a collaborative effort from researchers at Kings College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals alongside the health data company ZOE.
Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp:
NHS Volunteer Scheme – https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs
COVID-19: Why you should stay at home if you have symptoms – Dr Jake Dunning, Head of Emerging Infections at Public Health England (YouTubeVideo)
COVID-19: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings
Health & Wellbeing – for all the NHS
NHS Coronavirus Advice: NHS111 (including symptom checker)
NHS – Get fit for Free –
Guidance on Business Support Funding
Guidance for employees, employers & businesses
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
Further Businesses and Premises to Close
Hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable adults
Information from UK Power Networks about resilience: https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/important-information