Sid Valley and Otter Valley charities offer vital support during Lockdown 3

Sid Valley Help volunteer, Gill Stennett delivering shopping to a client during last summer

Sid Valley Help volunteer, Gill Stennett delivering shopping to a client during last summer - Credit: Sid Valley Help

As we begin the New Year with the introduction of a third national lockdown to try and stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, two local charities are offering support to the people of Sidmouth, Ottery and the surrounding area.
The charities Sid Valley HELP and Ottery Help Scheme are both doing their utmost to support vulnerable people in the community during the difficult times that we are facing.
Sid Valley HELP is continuing to provide assistance for vulnerable households during the heightened Covid-19 restrictions. The organisation seeks to carry on supporting those who are unable to do their own shopping, collect prescriptions and even walk their dog. There is also a telephone befriending service available for those who are lonely as well as a selection of local shops that are willing to deliver shopping to those who cannot get out.
You can call the helpline, which is operating as normal, to ask for advice and request help. For information on local health and social care services and organisations and businesses providing delivery services call: 01395 892 011 or visit the website at: www.sidvalleyhelp.co.uk

The Ottery Help Scheme offers help across the Otter Valley

The Ottery Help Scheme offers help across the Otter Valley - Credit: The Ottery Help Scheme

Ottery Help Scheme is also pitching in to support the local community.
Staff and volunteers are available to help the vulnerable during the pandemic. 
The services that are being offered during this current lockdown are: community transport for medical appointments, telephone befriending, bereavement support (telephone-based), carer support (telephone-based) and an advice line for people living with dementia in the local area. 
Ottery Help Scheme can also deliver prescriptions and shopping for people who are clinically vulnerable.
Based at Ottery Station in Ottery St Mary, the charity serves the parishes of Ottery St Mary, Aylesbeare, Talaton, Rockbeare, Feniton, Buckerell, Newton Poppleford, Whimple and Gittisham.
You can call the team on: 01404 813041. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm.


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