Stratford Community Support
As communities across Stratford step up efforts to support people in need, Stratford Town Council and Stratford Town Trust have joined forces in an initiative that aims to contact everyone in Stratford – those who can access the internet and those who cannot.
The website – www.stratfordsupport.org.uk –gives access to the latest government advice, a place to register offers of support and enables people to make requests for help.
For those without internet access, a leaflet has been mailed to every household in Stratford-upon-Avon giving information and advice and the names and numbers of ward councillors who can signpost to volunteers or specialist services.
There is also a Facebook page ‘Stratford-upon-Avon Town Support’.
Updates from friends of Foundation House
Safeline provides services for children, young people and adults who are survivors of sexual abuse. We remain open during this difficult time and have adapted the way we support people. For more information about the services we offer please follow the link below:
This specific information provided by Safeline may be useful:
- Safeline is open and counselling and supporting survivors of sexual abuse is ongoing. https://www.safeline.org.uk/safelines-coronavirus-response-safeline-is-open/
- The ISVA (Independent Sexual Advisor) service is taking referrals – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01926 402498 for information or check the website: https://www.safeline.org.uk/what-we-do/isva-service/
- Our Counsellors and ISVAs have compiled a list of useful resources to help with mental health and wellbeing during lockdown: https://www.safeline.org.uk/resources/looking-after-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing-while-staying-at-home/
- Safeline’s Education and Prevention Services are currently delivering a full one to one service supporting more than 60 vulnerable young people. Instead of face to face the team now work through telephone and online systems (with due regard to privacy and safeguarding). The young people are continuing to develop their progress through accredited ASDAN awards which document their educational and personal development. Group programmes will re-start shortly. For more information or to make a referral please email Colin Walker email@example.com
Change Grow Live (CGL)
CGL are a vital drug & alcohol service, based at Foundation House. They have suspended all face-to-face services from Foundation House but are continuing to support service users via phone calls and emails. For full information on the service during Covid-19, see link below:
For more information on the self-help apps available, please see:
A charity supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people across the county, including support services running in Stratford. All face to face support is currently suspended, but the charity has managed to move it all online. A new ‘Warwickshire Pride Social and Support Group’ has been set up on Facebook for any LGBT+ person who needs advice or support during the current pandemic.
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/2565240413714869/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07580532659 if you need to reach out.
Warwickshire Adult and Community Learning
Warwickshire Adult and Community Learning are continuing to provide a wide range of learning opportunities for adults (19+) across Warwickshire.
Whilst face-to-face classes are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they are offering a range of online activities and classes free of charge.
There are loads of great resources out there available to help charities & community groups during these difficult times. Stratford Town Trust is working hard to find these resources and share them with as many groups as possible. Below are links to the Stratford Town Trust website which hosts a fantastic list of useful resources which also signpost to other organisations and services, as well as our own blogs.
Useful resources for charities and community groups: https://www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk/blog/useful-resources-for-charities-and-community-groups/
Also, this is a nice resource for ‘creative’ support during this time: https://www.wearesometime.org/
Here is a link to a brilliant blog by the lovely James, Manager of Lifeways, a complementary natural health centre: http://lifewaystherapycentre.com/lw-blog/202-my-first-blog-post-by-james-lifeways-manager
Citizens Advice South Warwickshire
Citizens Advice South Warwickshire (CASW) remains available to the people of south Warwickshire. The demand on the network has been huge with a record-breaking 2.2 million page views of the Citizens Advice Website.
Here’s how you can reach CASW while the offices are closed:
- Instant Self Help: As always many issues can be solved through the comprehensive and informative online resource: citizensadvice.org.uk
- Phone: You can reach CASW by phone between 10:00 – 15:00 Monday to Friday on 0300 330 1 183
- Email: Complete the form online: casouthwarwickshire.org.uk/contact/email-us
- Webchat: casouthwarwickshire.org.uk/contact/chat-with-us
When lines are busy, they still have an answer phone facility. Return calls might be made outside normal hours and from a withheld number. When leaving any message, please remember to provide:
- Your name
- Your number, and;
- A brief, clear outline of your issue
An adviser will then call you back as soon as they can.
If your query is about the Help to Claim service (claiming Universal Credit):
- Help to Claim phone line Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00 on 0800 144 8 444
- Help to Claim chat online citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/help-to-claim