Information about Coronavirus is being updated rapidly. To keep up to date with current and accurate information stick to trusted sources; visit the NHS coronavirus page which has information about the virus, symptoms, self-isolating, and travel.
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 and the Buckingham Athletic Emergency Food Centre 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 may see trolleys out for donations at local supermarkets. You can also donate at:
Buckingham Athletic Clubhouse
10 am to 12 noon
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
(Please leave donations in the box by the ramp)
The Centre, Verney Close
10.30 am to 11.30am
(Car park entrance)
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 needs help to get connected, why not give them a call and see if you can help them get started?
Our events calendar is also now looking a little empty - if you are offering a FREE online or socially distant class, concert, poetry slam or anything fun frankly and are based in the Buckingham area, let us know and we will add your event to our events calendar.
Two facebook groups are also advertising online events:
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.
Both Shopmobility and the Tourist Information Centre have closed their offices, however the phone lines are still open to enquiries. Please pass this phone number: 01280 823 020 to anyone without access to the internet for help with inquiries about Buckingham, from public transport to what shops are open and more, the Tourist Information Centre team will try and find you answer.
A national campaign, For the Love of Scrubs is looking for volunteers to sew sets of scrubs for NHS use. There is a local facebook group coordinating volunteers.
Both Milton Keynes Hospital and The Swan Practice have said they would be delighted to accept donations.
Many shops are now closed to the public. For some businesses this could cause real financial struggles. If you can, please do call the wonderful businesses around Buckingham and see if they are operating a delivery service.
Food and essentials:
- Smith and Clay Butchers (Buckingham and Brackley)
- Buckingham Butchers local free delivery for Over 70s or NHS Workers
- Monty Pieman (Buckingham and villages)
- Geoff's Artisan Bread (Buckingham, Westbury, Brackley)
- Market Veg Stall (Geoff Green) call 07765 263 075
- Wiltshire Farm Foods have some food for local distribution for the elderly and vulnerable. Call 01525 242220 and use the code BUCKINGHAMTC
- Bee's Cakes (Belinda) call 07488 364925 (Steeple Claydon, Buckingham and surrounding)
- Pure Patisserie
- Chafor Wine (within 5 miles, min delivery 6 bottles) email firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurants and takeaways delivering:
- Buckingham Tandoori
- Binn's Smokehouse (Up to 10 miles from Buckingham)
- Dipalee Lounge call 01280 813 151
- Direct Pizza Company
- Eamayl Chinese
- Louis' order by phone
It's not just food - all kinds of shops are offering home delivery:
Is your local business now offering a delivery service for essentials in Buckingham? Contact us on email@example.com to be added to the list. Please provide a link to your website or offer.
If you would rather donate money, many charities are looking for donations at this time.
Heart of Bucks are coordinating a Coronavirus Response Fund that will be distributed directly to individuals in need, as well as local groups best able to support individuals in their areas. To donate directly, visit Total Giving.
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.
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.