To keep up to date with current and accurate information about Coronavirus Covid-19 itself, stick to trusted sources; visit the Government Coronavirus page and the NHS coronavirus page which have information about the virus, symptoms, self-isolating, and travel. Sign Health offers daily updates on Coronavirus in British Sign Language.
Use the tabs below to find out more about volunteering opportunities.
Buckinghamshire Council is implementing a community support hub system. For more information about ways you can be involved, please check their website.
We will update this entry as more information becomes available.
Buckingham Foodbank are collecting food donations to distribute to those who cannot afford to buy food.
The food bank are looking for donations of soups, tinned meats, tinned veg and fruit, beans, pasta, rice and other similar non-perishable goods. You donate at:
The Centre, Verney Close
Tuesdays: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
(Car park entrance)
Buckingham Parish Church (St Peter and St Paul)
Daily: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Donations are hugely appreciated and make a real difference to those in need.
Being able to self isolate effectively is really important to help stop the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus. If you can, please volunteer to check on your neighbours and support them if needed. You can do this by:
- Giving a card with your contact details on to people you know might need support. Knock on your neighbours door and let them know they can call you.
- Buckinghamshire Council has set up a Buckinghamshire Community Support Hub including good practice advice for how to stay safe while helping others.
- Registering your phone number on the Buckingham Support Network Facebook page.
King's College London is doing research into Covid-19.
By taking 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well, you can help scientists identify:
- High-risk areas in the UK
- Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions
- How fast the virus is spreading in your area.
Going into self-isolation can feel intimidating. We've talked about the practical side above, but staying mainly or totally at home for two weeks or twelve can still be part of a community effort. Mind has advice about looking after your mental health while in social isolation.
Social media and video platforms are also fantastic ways to keep in touch with family and friends. If you know someone who would enjoy online activities and hasn't yet got connected, why not give them a call and see if you can help them get started?
Discover Buckingham have a busy Buckingham social calendar, including what's on online.
Two facebook groups are also advertising online events:
If you would like to donate money to a local group or charity, please contact them directly. Many groups that rely on local fundraising to run their services are seeing a drop in income and would appreciate any donations, big or small.
Local hospitals also have their own fundraising groups, and many are giving detailed information about the kind of donations they can and can't accept. Visit their pages for more information.
Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:
- delivering medicines from pharmacies;
- driving patients to appointments;
- bringing them home from hospital;
- or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.
Do you have an idea for a new project?
Are you running a project now and need help or advice? Community Impact Bucks is a great resource for community groups and can give lots of useful advice, including training videos for volunteers and accessing funding.
Download the NHS Covid-19 App and check in using the QR codes on display in many venues. Checking in everywhere you go helps the track and trace team notify close contacts of the need to self-isolate.
Rapid testing can help reduce the number of Coronavirus cases by identifying people who are currently infected but aren't showing any symptoms. Rapid tests can be done at local testing sites including Buckingham Library, or picked up from testing sites or local chemists so that you can test yourself at home. Test results can be read on the device around half an hour after you take the test.
Anyone can now get rapid tests to use free from the NHS.
Remember not to visit a rapid testing site if you have symptoms of Coronavirus. You should use a PCR test instead. There is information about how to access these tests on the government website.
Please continue to support our local shops, restaurants and businesses many of whom have a had a tough year. Don't forget to wear a mask if you can, respect social distancing and wash your hands.
COVID-19 Business Measures
Buckingham Town Council is asking companies, self-employed people and all other traders in the town to help think about what can be done to help businesses reopen when possible, support the high street and develop online sales in the town.
Please make sure you wear a face mask in enclosed public places. Using a mask in shops, public transport and restaurants reduces the spread of Covid-19 infection, by people who are not aware they’re infected.
Even though we encourage everyone to wear masks, some people are not able to. Please respect that not all disabilities are visibly obvious and those not wearing masks may do so for good reasons.
The Hidden Disabilities charity has a sunflower scheme which allows people with hidden disabilities to obtain lanyards, wristbands or wallet cards that has a sunflower logo on. If you see someone wearing or using any of those items with the sunflower logo on, you may need to give them some additional support, help or a little more time.