Dear Resident

As the Chairman of the Parish Council I would like to advise at this difficult time our main priority is protecting our community and its people so please continue to follow the social distancing rules to protect yourselves and others. The terrible virus is no longer just an item on the news for us. Our deepest condolences go the families and friends in our community, who have lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are for those local people fighting the virus and my hopes are for them to make a successful recovery.

We are very lucky in Stratton St Margaret to have so many community focused people, who work voluntarily for us all and now in this time of need I cannot pay tribute enough to them for the work they are doing supporting those in need. The spirit in our community will help us come through this all the better for their contribution. Their efforts along with the front line public services and the excellent NHS will help people live through this.

The Parish Council is working to support its residents and we are looking at how we can help our community during this period, different and innovative ways to support the community. I hope all residents have or will receive the information leaflet we have sent out.

We have numerous volunteers helping and we have recently collaborated with Swindon Junior Football team and Parkwood Leisure to help provide hot meals to those that are struggling within the community. This will be delivered to your door by volunteer drivers, if you know of anyone that would benefit from this service please contact Paul on 07587 003990 or email info@strattonstmargaret.gov.uk.

If you have any concerns or questions about this crisis please email me on cllrrobertjandy@strattonstmargaret.gov.uk and I will try and get an answer for you.

We are all in this together and we will get out of this together

The Parish Council is here to assist you and we will do all we can to help. 

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If you need to contact your parish councillor direct please access their details here.

 

The Citizens Advice Swindon is here to help.

Do you need help claiming benefits? Do you know what you are entitled to?

Do you have debts or money worries?
Do you have questions about your employment rights, ‘furlough’ or Self Employment Income Support?
 

News and Information

Small and Micro Business’ Grant

More information here.

Council encourages residents to book for COVID-19 test following Government change in eligibility

Read more here

Food Supplies in Swindon

Please see the attached document for a list of companies and organisations who are providing food for those in need, in Swindon, during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Here are some useful websites Swindon Borough Council have asked us to share with you.

Swindon Borough Council https://www.swindon.gov.uk/
Updates on the impact the Coronavirus outbreak is having on council services: https://www.swindon.gov.uk/coronavirus
Here for Swindon – Our measures to support residents and businesses during the outbreak:
How our most vulnerable residents can get essential food, household supplies and prescriptions: https://www.swindon.gov.uk/emergencyhelp
 
Local Offer – Staying safe and well during the coronavirus outbreak
Confirmation from Association of British Insurers that all insurance policies will cover people volunteering during the crisis. https://www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/topics-and-issues/coronavirus-hub/motor-insurance/
Also here confirming the MOT’s will be extended on cars: ‘Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.’
Here is the link to the Goodsams RVS – guidance for volunteers including Check in and Chat guidance (telephone befriending)
 
Here is the link to information about coronavirus in multiple languages.

An open letter from Wiltshire Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

Download it here.

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