Please visit this page to find out the latest advice and news about the impact of Coronavirus on Bourn and the surrounding area.

Shielding and Priority Food Parcels

Covid-19 Community Response – residents’ food and financial worries

We, the Covid-19 Community Response team know that residents’ financial issues, along with food poverty, are a recurring worry. Please remember that there is a lot of support available and signposting residents to the right support is one of the best things you can do.

For anyone in need of food, please remember:

  • That the funding we provided can be used to provide people with a one-off shop
  • To direct residents to Food Banks which continue to support people in need
  • Another source of support is the Countywide Covid hub – residents can call the hub directly on 03450 455 219
  • Individuals or families whose finances have been badly affected by the pandemic (whether they are already struggling or whether the upcoming lockdown affects their income) are encouraged to get in touch with us, as we may be able to offer direct financial assistance. This is particularly relevant for people who have been asked to self-isolate, as there are payments of £500 available to support a loss of income during the isolation period. And anyone whose income has reduced should check the government website to see what benefits they may be entitled to, and then also contact us to apply for Council Tax Support and to find out about other help we may be able to offer, such as through a Hardship fund. Whatever someone’s circumstances please encourage them to get in touch.

19 November 2020

 

NHS Test and Trace

A Guide to NHS Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A new guide to the NHS Test and Trace service is now available. This describes the model being used to contain and control the virus.  Please click here to view or download it.

1 July 2020

Government advice

We know that people are concerned about news reports on the spread of Covid-19 – or Coronavirus. This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population considered moderate.

However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.

These include:

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water.
  • Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on public transport.
  • Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it We can all reduce the spread of all germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin
  • Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:

Further Advice

Social distancing – what it means and why we should all follow the rules

British Society for Gastroenterology advice for people with inflammatory bowel disease

Asthma UK guidance on shielding adults and children with asthma

Stay-at-home advice if you have symptoms

Bourn Covid-19 Action Group

BOURN COVID-19 ACTION GROUP – LOCAL VOLUNTEERS

If you are self-isolating and need support we are here to help. We have a group of volunteers who are able to provide help to villagers who need support. This might involve picking up prescriptions, collecting shopping, posting mail or just providing support and a friendly voice. If you would like to volunteer or need help, please email us on bourncag19@gmail.com or call/text 07727 462523.

You can place orders for food from Knibbs Meat Safe (01954 713978). For food and other essentials you can place orders from JJ at the Bourn shop (07790 839663). Your order will be delivered to your house by a volunteer.

We can also collect medication from Bourn Surgery and deliver it to you.

Takeaway food can be ordered from The Willow Tree (01954 719775) – the menu can be viewed on their website – and from The Lalbagh (01954 719131 for collection or delivery).

Food Banks and Emergency Supplies

If you are in need of emergency food or baby supplies in the current coronavirus situation, a local foodbank may be able to help.

Cambourne Foodbank is part of Cambridge City Foodbanks (part of the Trussell Trust – https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/ )

Trussell Trust foodbanks normally require their customers to be referred to them and they operate on a voucher system. If a person does not have a voucher, they will not issue a food parcel. Under normal conditions, the best place to get a referral from is Citizen’s Advice. At this time, other agencies might be helpful to get a referral from. By calling or emailing the Cambridge City Foodbank you can talk through your situation and they will put you in touch with a relevant local agency. See –

https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/contact-us/  or phone 07772 538628

In response to the current situation there is a service for Cambridge City Emergency Foodbank Voucher Requests. This means that, without referral, you can use the website to apply online for a foodbank voucher. To use this service, you must have a mobile phone capable of receiving texts. However, please be aware that Cambridge City Foodbanks can only issue vouchers in certain cases such as sudden loss of work or reduced hours. For general hardship or benefits problems you should contact your support worker (if you have one) or Cambridge Citizens’ Advice on 0344 848 7979.

Online applications can be made here https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/foodbank-vouchers/

In order to assess the application, Cambridge City Foodbanks will require you to provide various personal information. If a voucher is issued, they will provide instructions where to get the food. If you do not meet the criteria they will inform you that they are unable to issue the voucher by text. It might be possible that Cambridge City Foodbank can deliver food parcels, however they request that people have a friend collect for them if they cannot collect it themselves.

Finally, Cambridge City Foodbanks cannot issue more than three vouchers in a 6 month period according to Trussell Trust rules. Each food parcel takes into account the members of your household and is designed to provide enough food for a minimum of 3 days.

If you are in urgent need and unable to get help from the Cambridge City Foodbank, please contact Cllr Jaggers at Bourn Parish Council and we will look for alternative ways to support you. Email sarah.jaggers@bourn.org.uk or phone 07711 503382.

Church Services

Latest update 17th November
During this lockdown we are unable to meet in person for worship, however church buildings remain open for individual prayer.
Sunday 22nd November in the Zoom Chapel
10.00am, Please follow this link to join with us

6.00pm ~ Evening Prayer
Please follow this link to join with us

Telephone-based service
~ Monday at 5pm

A short worship service using the telephone only, rather than using computers or the internet – run for those who prefer using the phone. Please contact Geoff or Anne if you know someone who would benefit from this type of service and they will make sure they have an order of service and details of how to join.

Team Morning Prayer  ZOOM Chapel – Mondays to Saturdays 8.15am

Team Bible Study via Zoom…continues on Wednesday evening arrive at 7.15 for  7.30pm – this will be followed by an optional service of Compline. (Night prayer)

Team Compline  ZOOM Chapel – Thursdays 9.00pm.

Please also look on the church page of the website for opening times for individual prayer. Please look for the guidance notes as you enter to ensure safe use of the building in these times. It is mandatory  to wear a face covering while inside the church.