Drinkstone Together – Information from the PC relating to the COVID virus situation

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.

If you feel you can offer support to vulnerable people in the village without endangering your own health click how to offer support

Please also keep an eye on the information posted on the Parish Council News Page – see the side bar menu. 

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 workers

Testing for critical key workers Suffolk (RC)

Suffolk recycling centres – more booking slots


How to make and wear a face mask


Travel advice:  


Twitter feed from Suffolk CC on Social Distancing

feed https://twitter.com/suffolkcc/status/1241063672803401734

#Covid19Suffolk #SocialDistanacing #TeamSuffolk

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.

A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Download the free app, called Tribe Volunteer from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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 volunteers


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 –

“Keep Moving Suffolk”. This is a local campaign, just launched, to keep people active in and around their own homes, in response to the Covid-19 virus.  
Follow the link below to the website where you will find lots of videos and other resources for exercises both indoors and outdoors for all ages and all exercise levels.  https://www.keepmovingsuffolk.com/  


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