Update from Community Builder

Thank you to everyone who has come forward to volunteer for the new Beacon Heath and Whipton Community support hub. We’ve made many matches to help isolated or vulnerable people in the area already. If you can offer some time to pick up medication, shopping, talk to someone on the phone, walk someone’s dog etc then we would still love to hear from you. you can sign up to help and keep up to date with what’s happening by clicking on the following link
You may have received a flyer through your door for the Exeter Community Wellbeing hotline number this week. This is still the main number to call if you require support or can offer a service to help others. The hotline sends requests to volunteer and community support hubs across the city.
Free Food in Exeter 
To apply for a food parcel you must fill out the referral form at 
Food delivery, Takeaway and Supermarkets
If you know of any delivery services operating in your area you can update the listings by submitting a new listing on the website

Many supermarkets now have a priority phone line for the elderly/vulnerable to call that may be of interest and also offer select hours especially for the elderly and most vulnerable and NHS workers… Tesco (off Rydon lane): Priority number –  0800 917 7359 and their website with more information on priority slots-  . Tesco has priority service in store at 9-10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the elderly/vulnerable /// 9-10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the NHS workers Sainsburys (pinhoe) NHS ID holders have priority Monday to Saturday 07:30 – 08:00. Elderly customers, carers and disabled customers have priority Monday, Wednesday and Friday 08:00 – 09:00. Morrisons (Prince Charles Road) NHS badge holders priority 7am-8am Monday-Saturday and 9 am-9.30 am on Sundays. Check online for the new food box delivery scheme
Prepaid gift cards to help volunteers, family and friends shop for elderly and vulnerable people.

Marks and Spencers
Our ‘We’re All in this Together’ E-Gift Cards can be purchased online, and work using a barcode which is sent to the email address provided during online checkout. The volunteer shopper then simply scans the barcode on their phone at the self-checkout or reads their E-Gift Card number to the colleague at the till, and the value is deducted from the customer’s E-Gift Card balance.

The gift card can be purchased online at, and can then be emailed directly to friends, neighbours, family members or volunteers for them to use in our shops. Customers can purchase e-gift cards in £10 denominations up to £500. 
Job Opportunities  
There is currently a shortage of farm workers and fruit and vegetable pickers UK wide. To find out more follow the link
Many supermarket’s across Exeter are recruiting. To find out more visit the job section on their websites.
Free Resource’s for Children
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum Free Young Visitors Activities   Wildlife Trust Wildlife Watch Free Activity Sheets   Nosy Crow Free Book Download to Teach Children about Coronavirus   BBC Kids Easter Baking Recipes
Groups and Activities
Useful Contacts
Citizens Advice Devon 

Exeter City Council – useful links to wider gov updates / benefits etc:resources/coronavirus/useful-links-and-safe-city/community-safety/

NHS Online Survey if you have coronavirus symptoms:

Money Saving Expert Coronavirus self employed and employment help

The Energy HelplineAs prepayment customers must top up their energy through a card or key, it is clear that this may not be easy or even possible for some. In order to address this, an industry agreement has been signed by all UK suppliers, and comes into force immediately. We’ll tell you a little more about the measures and details of this agreement.

Get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), register and tell us whether or not you need support.
Appeals – Can You Help?
Please follow the link to the giving page to find out more
Thank you again to everyone who has come forward to support your friends and neighbours in their time of need. I wanted to share a photo of myself (ideally it wouldn’t have been this large!) so all the people who I’ve spoken to over the phone or via email in the past few weeks know who I am. I look forward to be being able to celebrate and thank all the volunteers when this is over. Have a lovely Easter weekend at home everyone. 

Amy Jones:Community Builder for Mincinglake & Whipton 
Telephone:07720 397937
Facebook: CB Mincinglake Whipton
My normal working hours are Monday- Thursday 9am-5pm