March update

Although today is the first day of spring, it is also the start of a more challenging time. We urge everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands and ensure any vulnerable household members are kept safe. We know this will be a difficult time. AGB is working with local organisations and businesses to do what we can to help. 

If you want help or can offer help, please join this Facebook group BS3 Community Covid-19 Response The main aims of the group are to:
-think of others
-connect and reach out to your neighbours
-make the most of existing local online and real life groups
-support isolated or vulnerable people
-share accurate information and advice
 
This group is trying to coordinate leafletting across our area to ensure as many people as possible have contact information for someone to help them, ideally a neighbours. There is a phoneline (0117 3812181) and an email (bs3.covidresponse@gmail.com). We will endeavour to keep you up to date on this.

Leaflets are all the local pharmacies, The Southville Centre, Lion Stores, Asda, Ashton Vale News, Spar on Bedminster Road, Ashton Electricals on Raleigh Road, Sainsburys, Windmill Hill City Farm and St Paul’s Church. More hubs will be added and we will let you know. 

There is a citywide volunteering site: https://candobristol.co.uk/ This is an active site for community groups  and individuals to ask for and offer help. 
 
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS AND EMPLOYEES:
For the latest government advice, please check https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For health advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

COMMUNITY FACILITIES/VENUES
Libraries, leisure centres, museums, pubs and cafes are closed. The National Trust have closed all their parks and gardens but have waived the parking charges for their open spaces.
 
ONLINE RESOURCES
There are of course many online resources – too many to list here – ranging from lessons for stay at home children to fitness classes, craft sessions and virtual choirs. The Facebook group above will be trying to pull some of these together.
 
FOODBANKS 
Refresh on East Street are appealing for donations, as are the Victoria Baptist Church and St Paul’s on Coronation Road. 
 
HOME DELIVERIES
Many of our local businesses are offering to deliver, including cafes and restaurants:  you can check the latest situation on the BID website. Please support them through this difficult time!

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