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Welcome to the Oxted Parish Council web site

Whether you are one of the 10,500 residents of the Parish or a visitor, we hope you find the site interesting and informative.

Our aim is to increase our links with the community and to keep our parishioners fully informed of our work.

This is the local access point for community information. Improving communication and involving residents in local issues enables the Council to work more closely with the residents of Oxted and Hurst Green.

Your Parish Councillors are very proud of Oxted’’s heritage with its open spaces, community spirit, its excellent range of town centre and countryside housing, and its local facilities.

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The Tandridge Voluntary Action team is here to help you to support local communities through the COVID 19 pandemic.

We have a small team, working with Tandridge District Council, recruiting volunteers and understanding the needs of groups like yours, so that we can support local people.

If you have any queries, if you need volunteers or funding, information or support for your community group or charity at this difficult time, Tandridge Voluntary Action, a local charity supporting Tandridge groups and charities, is here to help you.

People can volunteer here,  https://tva.org.uk/covid-19-community-support-volunteer/  and they will be contacted by Julia in our team.

If you want a chat about funding, safeguarding, governance, other support – call Lynne on 07926 524188 or Helen on 07741 657182.

Tandridge Befriending support – Lucy (07796 307286).

We have been in touch with a number of you over the last week. As things have developed and will continue to do so, we will be sharing information which may be of interest. Check our website for more information tva.org.uk

Funding for your community group or charity

A range of funding sources – https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/what-funding-is-available-to-charities-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

Charities Aid Foundation – https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund

National Lottery Community Fund – https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-03-27/27-march-statement-from-dawn-austwick-ceo-the-national-lottery-community-fund-covid-19

Community Foundation for Surrey – funds up to £5000 – https://www.cfsurrey.org.uk/surreycoronavirusresponsefund

CAF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY FUND – https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund

Martin Lewis funding, focused on foodbanks and charity aid – https://fundraising.co.uk/2020/03/19/covid-19-martin-lewis-offers-1m-fund-for-small-and-local-charities/

What to expect from funders – some useful links https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/coronavirus/contingency-planning-and-financial-implications#section-2

We will be updating a COVID-19 Funding page on our website with new funding opportunities as we receive them go to https://tva.org.uk/funding-sources-available-to-charities-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ to see what has been added!

Information sharing

Directory of community initiatives for vulnerable people in the district

To help you and local people access support – Tandridge District Council (TDC) and TVA have compiled an online directory with contact details on the TDC website.

Examples of support available to those who are vulnerable or self-isolating include:

Help with essential shopping, prescription collection and dog walking.

  • Emotional telephone support for those who are lonely, isolated or are carers.

We will continue to update the directory, so please refer back to it regularly, as well as share the information with anyone you know who could benefit.

Visit Tandridge District Council website and keep up to date

Updated daily, visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/coronavirus to find out more about services affected, support available and ways you can help support the community,

Please keep up to date by signing up to the Tandridge District Council e-newsletters at www.tandridge.gov.uk/signup.

Surrey County Council Community Helpline is referring to your organisation – check your group is providing the current information on Surrey Information Point (SIP).

The Surrey Community Helpline https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/community-support/need-help#helpline is directing people to Surrey Information Point (SIP)link https://www.surreyinformationpoint.org.uk

Volunteering

Tandridge Voluntary Action has received interest from over 200 new volunteers in the last week. As the situation evolves in the next few days, there may be more need emerging in some areas of Tandridge, particularly in relation to vulnerable people. We will work with you to ensure you have more volunteers to assist you.

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Directory of community initiatives for vulnerable people in our district

 In response to Covid-19, parish based and district wide voluntary groups throughout the Tandridge district are offering support to the most vulnerable in our community. To help you or someone you know access this support, we have compiled an online directory with contact details on our website.

 Examples of support available to those who are vulnerable or self-isolating include:

 Help with essential shopping, prescription collection and dog walking.

  • Emotional telephone support for those who are lonely, isolated or are carers.

We will continue to update the directory, so please refer back to it regularly, as well as share the information with anyone you know who could benefit.

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Support our local foodbanks

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. This has become particularly clear during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. A simple box of food makes a big difference.

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks across The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to their ability to give everyone referred to them a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.

Caterham and East Grinstead foodbanks are welcoming food donations and their shopping lists can be found on their websites:

Caterham foodbank

East Grinstead Foodbank

If you are currently self-isolating or choosing not to visit shops or supermarkets at this time, but would like to help, please consider giving a financial donation to help them continue their valuable work. Visit https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/ or text TRUSSELL then your amount (eg TRUSSELL 5) to 70085.

To find out more about the foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network and the vital work they do visit www.trusselltrust.org.

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New guide to care and support in Surrey – a crucial time for information

A new, updated Surrey Care Services Directory is available in association with Surrey County Council. It gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Surrey.

If you’re growing concerned about your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may be, this Directory can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Surrey Care Services Directory can support you to make informed decisions.

The new edition of Surrey Care Services Directory and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Surrey. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Surrey, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

For a free copy of the Surrey Care Services Directory contact Surrey County Council’ Adult Social Care information and advice line on 0300 200 1005. It is also available throughout the region from outlets including carers’ centres, hospitals, GP surgeries and Age UK. It can be downloaded from www.carechoices.co.uk and is available in spoken word.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short- or long-term care in Surrey and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them

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