The One Community Blog
Here you will find a range of stories from our staff relating to the effect our services have on local lives, and also on the general topic areas we work in. This differs from the news page which looks at what we are doing internally as One Community, as here we look externally to how we sit within the wider community.
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One Community – Able to Help
Although our normal services are suspended our teams, in both Eastleigh and Fareham, are still able to either offer direct help (shopping, prescriptions, dog walking) or signposting to the help available.
Ring us on 023 8090 2400 in Eastleigh or 07702 802555 in Fareham, 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Local community Radio Unity 101 FM is still operating across the district, and One Community’s Chief Executive Jean Roberts-Jones will be joining Kelly on the radio as part of a Question and Answer session, 8th April 3.40pm.
We have worked with our friends at Unity101 for a number of years.
If you would like to know more about them please see their website HERE.
Minstead Trust is a member of One Community and supports a large number of service users in the Eastleigh community. They also run the all-inclusive and popular Skill-up community drop in group in the area on a Friday which, like so many services, has now understandably had to close its doors.
Furzey Gardens is now closed
Hanger Farm Arts centre is now closed
Minstead Lodge conference and event venue is now closed
The impact of Coronavirus across the whole of the Trust has been dramatic and they have now launched an emergency appeal so our brilliant, dedicated and hard-working staff continue to try and offer support to those most vulnerable in our society, putting themselves and their families at risk in order to do so.
We really do need some fit and well volunteers to help delivering food and medicines for our most vulnerable people. We already have some but would like more as do all of our fellow voluntary sector support organisations. If you are a car driver we want to support those who use their cars to help their community.
If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to transport medicines or groceries to support others who are impacted by Covid-19, your cover will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover. This applies to all categories of NHS Volunteer Responders, including transporting patients, equipment, or other essential supplies.
For people who want to volunteer through the COVID19 crisis please follow the following guidelines:
Register with your local Hampshire volunteer centrelocal Hampshire volunteer centrelocal Hampshire volunteer centre. Volunteer centres are there to provide support at a local level for individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. They can ensure that voluntary action is mobilized where it is needed and in a safe and, where required, legally compliant way.
If you cannot register with a volunteer centre, informal volunteering is fine for people that you know e.g. neighbours, friends, relatives. However when volunteering for strangers, to protect both parties it is advised to have DBS or identity checking, a service also undertaken by Volunteer Centre/Councils for Voluntary Services.
If you have a DBS completed in the last two years, it might be that you do not need a new one. Please contact us at One Community or your local volunteer centre.
Our contact details are tel: 023 8090 2400 or email email@example.com
Bus Pass Hours of Operation Extended to All Days and All Times.
As part of its response to the public health emergency posed by COVID-19 #Coronavirus, Hampshire County Council has extended the hours of operation of the Hampshire ENCTS bus pass scheme from its current 09:30 to 24:00 on weekdays and at all times at weekends and on public holidays, to all days and all times.
This will only apply to those community transport services on which people can currently use their bus passes.
This will apply to One Community’s Dial-A-Ride, #Dial-A-Ride Shopping services and #ParishLink, but not the Hedge End Park service.
This is a temporary measure for the duration of the public health #emergency only.
For further information about One Community’s #transport services please phone 023 8090 2450 or 023 8090 2432
The food bank (called Basics Bank) in Eastleigh is open. The usual hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10am-3pm.
If you do have any donations you would normally drop into us at the Eastleigh museum, please take them to our office at 75 Leigh Road, Eastleigh. (Opposite The Point) We will ensure the donations get to the food bank.
Of particular need at the moment:
- Instant pasta (Pot Noodles, Pasta n Sauce, Mug Shot etc),
- Tinned potatoes
- Tinned spaghetti
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned ham
- Spreads (Jam, honey, peanut butter etc. – but no marmalade thanks!)
- Instant coffee
- Drinking chocolate
- Desserts (sponge puddings, jelly etc)
- Toilet rolls
- Washing up liquid
- Fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel etc)
The health and safety of our service users, volunteers and staff, and the population in general, is paramount in our response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Here is the current situation with regard to our services. Please keep checking our website for updates.
If you have any questions about the current public health emergency, or are in need of assistance, we will do our best to help. Please call us on 023 8090 2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.
CURRENTLY WE ARE OFFERING;
- A shopping service to your door (we take credit or debit card payments)
- A prescription collection service
- Dog walking
- Any other help you need, give us a call and we will try and meet those needs
THESE ARE ALL AVAILABLE ACROSS THE EASTLEIGH AND FAREHAM AREAS.
Our Day Centres are currently closed, but we are keeping in touch with members and providing personalised services as required, including meals and companionship sits. Our Personal Assistant and Take a Break services are offering limited support, with care as always to keep all involved safe. Virtual contact will be maintained with users of our Back to the Future (visiting) scheme. Our Lifeline services continue as vital to vulnerable people in isolation: phone 023 8090 2400
Our Shopmobility service is currently closed, with staff making regular contact with members to check on their wellbeing.
Our transport services are closed to passengers but our drivers are involved in getting shopping and prescriptions to customers in high risk groups. Dial-A-Ride (phone 023 8090 2450 or 023 8090 2432), Community Transport (phone 023 8090 2414) and Hedge End Park service (phone 023 8090 2432).
Young Carers activities are currently closed but members are being provided with home packs. Phone 023 8090 2462
Voluntary Sector Support
Our Volunteer Centre is operating a limited service: 023 8090 2458 or email@example.com Community Development services remain available by phone or online: 023 8090 2458 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pop-Up Shop in Eastleigh’s Swan Centre will remain closed till further notice. Our Information Centre in Fareham Shopping Centre is closed, but staff can be contacted on 07702 802555, email@example.com, 023 8090 2458 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastleigh Museum is closed until further notice. Services usually offered at the museum, Volunteer Centre Outreach, Basics Bank Vouchers, Hate Crime Reporting, Information are still available. Phone 023 8090 2458
Pop Up Shop Opened on 16tb March
Due to Corona Virus (Covid-19) the pop up shop has closed, but will reopen at an appropriate time.
A community pop up shop has opened in Eastleigh’s Swan Centre shopping centre on Monday 16 March, with the ribbon being cut by the Deputy Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Cynthia Garton at 10.30am.
The shop, located between Boots and Card Factory, is currently being furnished with chairs and tables in anticipation of its role as a shopfront for local charities, voluntary and community groups. The project is a result of partnership work between Flourish, an organisation dedicated to connecting people and places; Solent Mind, a charity committed to better mental health; and the voluntary sector support charity One Community, to offer free space in the shopping centre.
Groups can book a one-off slot, perhaps in relation to a particular campaign “day” or “week”, or a regular slot, such as the first Monday of the month, for their organisation to showcase their services, run an activity, host a meeting or simply attract new members or volunteers.
Solent Mind will be occupying the shop on Fridays and Saturdays providing wellbeing services to local people.
The shop will be available Monday to Thursday for local organisations to book their space and One Community’s Naomi Stock is responsible for bookings. Contact Naomi on 023 8064 1202/023 8090 2400 or email email@example.com