New Addington Salvation Army Community Church

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Posted on Mar 12, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THE MOMENT, OUR PHYSICAL OFFICE IS CLOSED AND AS SUCH THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS NOT OPERATIONAL.

THE BEST WAY TO MAKE CONTACT WITH US IS VIA EMAIL new.addington@salvationarmy.org.uk WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO RESPOND AS SOON AS WE CAN, ALTHOUGH A NUMBER OF OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE SELF-ISOLATING AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT ARE VERY BUSY WORKING TO KEEP THE FOOD BANK AND OTHER CRITICAL SERVICES OPERATIONAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES.

During these days, it’s vitally important that we do what we can to care for one another, particularly the most vulnerable people in our communities. Many of us are motivated to want to get out and help people, but at the moment, the most caring thing most of us can do is to stay at home. If you have, even mild flu-like symptoms, particularly a new, persistent cough or fever (37.8 degrees or above, a ‘feeling’ of being hotter than normal), or any of the other potential symptoms being reported, please follow Government guidelines and stay at home for 7 days from the onset of your symptoms. Anyone living in your household must also stay at home for at least 14 days (to allow for the incubation period of the virus and any potential illness).

Even if you do not have symptoms, please be vigilant with regard to observing frequent hand washing and personal hygiene and please follow the latest social distancing guidelines and stay home unless absolutely essential (according to Government instructions).

The majority of people infected with this virus will experience mild to moderate symptoms, but for a small number of particularly vulnerable people the impact can be greater. For this reason, please follow all Government guidance and take care of yourself and those around you.

All of our gatherings are currently cancelled until further notice in accordance with Government guidelines. Our Sunday worship service and several other groups are continuing ‘virtually’ via Zoom. We are also maintaining regular contact with people via phone, email, letter etc.

For those using the Food Bank, there are specific measures in place for the protection of staff, volunteers and clients alike. We are operating with the smallest number of volunteers possible, and none of those from the vulnerable groups are currently able to volunteer with us. Those seeking food parcels and other items will no longer be invited into the building, but will be served at the door in as efficient and speedy a way as possible.

Please be advised that in anticipation of diminishing supplies and a potential rise in demand for the food bank’s services, anyone requiring a food parcel must have a voucher or an email of referral from one of our recognised partners (schools, DWP, churches, Social Services etc.).

The food bank is not meant as a resource for those with the financial means to access food, but who are simply finding it difficult to get hold of items in the supermarket at the moment. Now more than ever, the services of the food bank are for the specific use of those experiencing extreme financial hardship, who are unable to afford even the most essential supplies.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time as we endeavour to continue to serve and support the local community to the best of our abilities.

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