Buckingham is a great community and there are lots of groups coming together to try and work out how they can help elderly or self-isolating residents over the coming months.
GoodSAM: NHS Volunteer Army
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.
Buckingham Support Network
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.
Buckingham Athletic Emergency Food Centre
The Food Centre are looking for donations of soups, tinned meats, tinned veg and fruit, beans, pasta, rice and other similar non-perishable goods. There will be a box out to collect donations by the club house ramp at Buckingham Athletic between 10am and 12 noon on Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April.
Support Buckingham businesses
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.
Please be aware that most non-essential shops, the library, the household recycling centre (tip), the post office, vets for non-emergencies, all public play areas, public toilets, all outdoor exercise equipment and AVDC brown bin and bulky waste collection are all closed or not running currently. For more information about services run by District or County Councils, including buses, please check the Buckinghamshire Council page.
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, and on social media we have seen lots of ideas for ways to keep entertained.
The Town Council may have had to postpone or cancel local events, but our events team is still here and we're promising online event alternatives! Watch our social media for updates as we broadcast interactive challenges, competitions and more to keep everyone from children to 99+ entertained. The most important thing is that we want you to get involved! Send in your efforts and we'll share them on our social media.
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.
There is always help available in Buckingham.
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.
If you think you may have Coronavirus and need medical help, please use the NHS 111 symptom checker service for help.
If you have questions for The Swan Practice about prescriptions or appointments, please check their website which is being kept up to date with the latest news.
Pharmacies are all operating on different opening hours in order to keep up with the demand for prescriptions. Please do not call for information or queries - this delays everyone's prescriptions. Instead check the website for updates and opening hours before you visit.
Tourist Information Centre/Shopmobilty
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.
If you are an elderly or vulnerable bus pass user, the County Council has asked all bus companies to accept bus passes at any time of day so that you can access early opening hours for shops.
If you work for the NHS and are currently not able to get to work due to public transport or car problems, Bucks Self Drive are offering free hire.
Buckingham Foodbank is available for anyone in North Buckinghamshire struggling with food poverty. If you are worried about not having enough money for food, please get in touch with Buckingham Citizens Advice Bureau who can refer you to the foodbank.
Citizens Advice Bureau
As well as being able to refer families and individuals to Buckingham foodbank, Citizens' Advice can also help with any questions or difficulties you may have regarding:
- Managing money
If you are concerned about paying your bills, as a first step we recommend contacting your usual providers and asking what support they may be offering at this time.
As a first option, always choose to ask someone you know personally and trust for help with food deliveries or prescriptions.
We know some local groups are looking to offer essential deliveries to those in need. We will update this page as we know more.
Lots of local businesses are launching new delivery services to help those in need have essential items delivered to their door. Including:
- 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
Supermarket deliveries are still available, especially if you are part of an identified vulnerable group. Check supermarket websites for details.
To order - please contact the shop and pay over the 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.