Further funding for Bungay Community Support
During the lockdowns a group of willing volunteers came together to ensure that the most vulnerable and isolated in our community were not left behind. The team picked up prescriptions, delivered shopping and kept an eye on everyone. This has developed into an ongoing Community Support team which has just received funding from East Suffolk’s Community Partnership scheme which covers Beccles and Halesworth as well as Bungay.
Bungay received £999.12 from the scheme to enable the group to continue supporting residents in Bungay and the surrounding villages during the Covid recovery. Providing vital services to local residents, including picking up prescriptions and shopping for food and other essentials, the organisation will soon be recognised as a charity.
Tony Dawes from Bungay Community Support said: “Bungay Community Support is very close to becoming a charity which will help to support the residents of Bungay and surrounding areas for years to come. We collect prescriptions, do shopping trips, provide advice and offer a befriending service. In the not-too-distant future, we hope to get our residents, who are reluctant to go out, back into the community. We will also support other groups in Bungay such as Meet Up Mondays and the Lunch club. We hope to be an umbrella organisation which will support volunteer groups in and around the town.”
The number to call if you need help with shopping, picking up prescriptions or advice is:
0300 365 2995
The phone is manned by volunteers during certain times but you can ring any time and leave a message. Someone will get back to you.
Please call if you are in self-isolation and need help with shopping or have any other queries.
However, if you have family or friends who can help you, please continue to use them.
If you have a medical emergency call 111 (or 999 in cases of extreme emergency).
If it is a police matter call 101 (or 999 in cases of extreme emergency only)
Other numbers that you may need to use:
Citizens Advice Bureau: 01986 895827
The Samaritans: 116 123
Childline: 0800 1111
Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 2000247 see also https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
(and there is a new scheme: Ask For ANI operating through local pharmacies, see here.
Bungay Medical Practice: 01986 892055
Boots St. John’s Road: 01986 896568 (closes 6.30pm)
Boots St. Mary’s Street: 01986 892348 (closes 5.30pm)
East Suffolk Council: 0333 0162000
Suffolk County Council: 0345 6066067
Bungay Town Council
The Town Council offices are closed but you can contact the Clerk and Assistant Clerk on
firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07873 350648
email@example.com or 07395 906890.
SCAM ALERT: Suffolk Police are warning everyone to be wary of scammers using this crisis with new scams. This is their advice:
- Only accept help from people you know and / or trust. Never deal with unexpected cold callers
- You do not have to agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with
- Police, health workers and others will not and do not call at your house to test for coronavirus or ask for money regarding investigations
- Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, even if they are dressed in uniform
- Do not transfer any money across to someone who calls you over the phone, banks will not ask for your personal security details
- Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone
- Do not make shopping purchases from a company or person you do not know and trust. Use a credit card to pay to protect yourselves.
If you feel in immediate danger call 999 or if you know someone is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.ukor call 0300 123 2040.
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