Gloucestershire Community Help Hub

Councils in Gloucestershire have created a community help hub to connect local people who need help with the support they need.

Everyone has to make dramatic lifestyle changes to help delay the spread of coronavirus. There are many people who will need of support in the weeks to come, and even more people who are keen to help their neighbours where they can. The Hub is designed to help people make the right connections.

The hub may also be used to request help on behalf of a neighbour, relative or friend who cannot access the internet themselves, with their permission of course. Please share the word and help raise awareness with people who are not online.

Visit the Help Hub

The information collected will be shared with the relevant local councils, who will connect people with individuals, services and organizations who can support them or, if appropriate, refer individuals to an existing service.

The hub is live now so visit

Cotswold Friends Adapts Services to Continue Support

Over 2,000 people are being supported by amazing Cotswold Friends volunteers and staff. Charity services have been adapted in light of recent Government restrictions due to Coronavirus.  Telephone Befriending, shopping, pharmacy deliveries and transport for vital journeys are all in place and fully operational.

If you would like to volunteer or use any of the services please contact Cotswold Friends.

Community Transport

All Members of the Transport Service are receiving a telephone call. Vital journeys can still be accommodated. People who use the service for their food shopping are being offered a food shopping delivery service. Transport Booking Desk volunteers are Telephone Befriending all transport Members who would like this service and arranging shopping deliveries if needed. The Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle remains available for use and the delivery of medication from pharmacies can be arranged.

Befriending, Carer Respite and Memory Club

Volunteers are now Telephone Befriending the people they support, in place of their usual face to face visits.  This will ensure clients have continued contact with their volunteers, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation and allowing support needs to be monitored and reviewed. Any shopping needs or medication deliveries are being arranged.

Community Activities

Volunteers are Telephone Befriending people who normally attend Community Activities. Some of the pubs where Cotswold Friends Lunch Clubs are held have offered to cook meals to be delivered to people at home. Shopping and medication deliveries are being arranged as needed.

Recruiting New Volunteers

Cotswold Friends always puts the health and safety of its volunteers first.  With many volunteers either aged over 70, or classed as vulnerable due to underlying health conditions, this is a challenging time.  The team at Cotswold Friends is incredibly grateful for the offers of help coming in from people across the Community. To allow new volunteers to come on board in a shorter timeframe than usual, a temporary arrangement has been put in place to help fast-track critical DBS checks. Volunteer Training will shortly be available on the Cotswold Friends website, allowing all new volunteers to train without attending the main office.

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Help from the Community

A list of services being offered to local people by village groups, shops and other organisations, will soon be available on the Cotswold Friends website at

Amanda Howard, CEO, said, “All staff telephone numbers will continue to work as normal and staff are available to support anyone who calls. The North Cotswolds is a wonderful community and we will pull together to make this work.”

Cotswold Friends
Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AZ
Tel: 01608 651415
Community Transport Bookings Desk: Tel 01608 651115.

Via press release on 20 March 2020

Council Business Following CoronaVirus Guidance

You will be aware of new guidance from the government to limit social contact during the coronavirus outbreak. The parish council, like everyone, is considering how it must adapt.

Therefore, the parish council office in the Village Hall will be closed for the foreseeable future. The Clerk is working from home and can be reached by email or telephone as usual.

The council intends to hold its next meeting on Thursday 19 March at 7:30pm in the Village Hall as planned. This meeting will enable emergency measures to be put in place, to allow the council to continue to function if we have an extended period of restrictions.

This decision has not been taken lightly. Legislation does not permit councils to meet virtually and we are advised that if meetings are held, they must be held in public. Therefore, the meeting will be open to the public as usual.

The decision about whether to attend as a member of the public must be made by you, our residents. Please be mindful of government guidance on hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation, and act responsibly to help keep yourselves and others safe from harm. Please do not attend if you or any members of your household are feeling unwell.

The Village Hall is otherwise closed for business. Upper Rissington Parish Council is grateful to the Village Hall Trust for its understanding and use of the hall on Thursday.

This is an unprecedented situation. Guidance is being updated regularly, so it is best to visit the government website for the latest advice and information.

Please look after yourselves, follow the guidance, stay in touch with friends and family, and check in on your neighbours. The parish council will be considering how best to support our local community in the weeks to come.

If you have any questions about or for the council, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Advice & Information

We understand that residents may have concerns about coronavirus. The situation is changing by the day, so please visit GOV.UK for information about the virus, the current situation in the UK and the latest ‘stay at home’ advice.

Coronavirus: Latest information

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a persistent cough that may progress to pneumonia causing breathing difficulties.

For the latest health advice, visit the NHS website.

Coronavirus: Advice from NHS England

It is thought that the virus is spread on close contact. Handwashing and carefully using and disposing of tissues are simple but effective measures that help to control the transmission of germs.

Originally posted 27 February 2020; last updated on 16 March 2020.