Wotton Area Mutual Aid activities restarting from Thursday 5 November

Message from WAMA WAMA Nov flyer

Given the Government’s proposals for a four week lockdown, the Wotton Area Mutual Aid Admin group has decided to resume activities from this Thursday 5 November, as follows:

  • Connecting people in need with volunteers who can provide support

For example, collecting shopping, helping with urgent supplies, phoning for a friendly chat

  • Providing information about other services and support in our area
  • Free soup – delivered every Wednesday and Thursday, from 11 November – available for everyone.  Kindly supported by WAMA volunteers and Wotton Baptist Church

People will be able to request help via

The WAMA Admins will be rostered from 9-5, seven days a week, to take calls and monitor requests.  Procedures for information sharing and safeguarding are again in place, to ensure that all requests are responded to in the most appropriate way. 

Food deliveries

For the moment, WAMA will not be restarting food box deliveries. Instead we will be signposting people in need of food to the Stroud or Yate Foodbank (for Glos / South Glos residents).  The Keepers, the new Community Hub for the Wotton Area, which I contacted you about recently, is registering to become a Foodbank referrer, which should help to simplify the referral process. 

We are also in discussion with The Long Table in Stroud about installing a “Freezer of Love” which provides frozen meals with an option for people to make a donation to cover costs if they are able to do so. 

Prescriptions

WAMA will not immediately be restarting prescription deliveries – as many people have now found alternative means to get their regular prescriptions delivered, via other prescription delivery services.  We’ll monitor the demand and restart prescription deliveries if required – as there may be a need, for example for people who are assessed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Sharing WAMA news in the Parish

From Wednesday 4th November, we would again appreciate your help with promoting WAMA activities to residents in your parish – for example by sharing Facebook posts, putting up posters and sharing the attached flyer.  This will help to signpost the services to those in need, and remind volunteers that their support is again required.   We will send out a volunteer newsletter in the next few days, which will ask volunteers to either contact the people they used to support, or encourage them to get back in touch with WAMA. 

We’ll also be contacting the GP surgeries, churches and other community groups to let them know about the new arrangements.