Coronavirus in Sheffield: Here's what the community is doing - and how you can help

Communities groups and volunteers have been ralling round to help the city's most vulnerable as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 12:19 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 12:52 pm

With many people self isolating to help prevent the spread of the disease, Sheffield’s big-hearted volunteers have stepped in to help provide support and care.

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Here are details of the great work being done by the community. If you have a service or support group in the city you’d like people to know about, email the details to [email protected]

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Coronavirus: How Sheffield's community is rallying together to protect the most vulnerable

Last updated: Thursday, 26 March, 2020, 14:40

  • Catering companies to deliver hot meals to care homes
  • Charities urge more volunteers to come forward to support the elderly
  • New telephone support service for the visually impaired
  • Co-op to recruit more staff to cope with spike in demand for food
  • Heron Foods cancel new Frecheville store opening and donate gift bags to charity
  • South Yorkshire's Community Foundation issue new funding advice for charities
  • Library book extensions issued in Stannington
  • Residents offer to run errands and collect prescriptions for those self isolating
  • Charity volunteers go above and beyond to support the older generation
  • Mental health workers continue to support patients during crisis
  • Children in Nether Edge create new self-isolation walking game
  • Anti food waste charity give groceries and hot meals to those in need
  • Nether Edge set up community support network to help vulnerable people
  • Sheffield sports bar becomes a food bank donation point to help the vulnerable
  • Sheffield dentistry students band together to help  during the outbreak
  • Sheffield app to provide information to communities about halted services
  • Sheffield households encouraged to put up front door self isolation notices
  • Sheffield business offers 'pay as you feel' groceries for people struggling
  • New kitchen needed for anti food waste charity to continue feeding the vulnerable
  • Sheffield baby charity calls for more donations to help struggling new families
  • National Videogame Museum thanks public for supporting emergency fundraiser
  • Care workers needed across Sheffield as national demand increases

New care worker vaccines across Sheffield as coronavirus increases demand for key workers

More care staff are required across Sheffield in order to fulfill the increased demand for essential workers in response to Covid-19. 

Caremark are recruiting thousands of new workers in the domiciliary care sector - which would enable elderly and vulnerable people to self isolate in their own homes. 

The government has advised the over 70s and those with health conditions to stay at home for the next three months in a bid to slow the spread of the disease. 

CEO Kevin Lewis said: “We have job opportunities that could make a real difference in your community right now, earning great pay, building a rewarding career and assisting the nation as a hugely important key worker.

"We are very proud of what our carers do, day in, day out, supporting children, young people and adults to live a better life."

Find out more information about the vacancies, here. 

National Videogame Museum thanks Shffield community for support during the coronavirus crisis

The city-centre based charity have expressed their gratitude to the 'staggering response' they've had from the public - since they set up a emergency fundraiser. 

The National Videogame Museum created a donation page to stop them from having  to close theirs doors indefinitely, after the coronavirus outbreak. 

People have contributed more than £7,000 in less than 24 hours  - achieving almost ten percent of the charity's £80,000 target.

In a message posted on social media the charity said: "The response to this has been staggering. Thank you all so, so much. Your messages are heartwarming, invigorating and have raised all our spirits here. Thank you."

The charity on Angel Street, is encouraging people to donate to ensure their survival during the outbreak of Covid-19 - when they are unable to have visitors.

The National Videogame Museum  is home to a vast collection of video game memorabilia, school workshops and nearly 100 interactive exhibits. 

Patron Ian Livingstone said: "Coronavirus threatens its very existence. As a new charity we have no safety net of public funding to weather the storm. 

"Whilst we have some support from some patrons and companies, without visitors the museum is in grave danger. "

To make a contribution to the National Videogame Museum, click here.

Sheffield baby charity calls for more donations to help new parents struggling during the Covid-19

Baby Basics are urging people to give away items for families in need of nappies, toothpaste and wipes. 

The Sheffield charity aims to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby.

Baby Basics make up regular care packages to send out to new parents who can't afford the essential items. 

There have been reports from  shoppers who have struggled to find nappies, milk formula and wipes on the supermarket shelves due to panic buying. 

Donations can be made at the Baby Basics centre on Glossop Road, Meersbrook Hall, Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and St Luke's Church in Lodge Moore.

This Sheffield anti food waste charity is appealing for new premises so they can continue to feed vulnerable people

Food Works Sheffield are encouraging people with access to an empty kitchen in the city to come forward - so they can carry on cooking for people who are struggling amid the coronavirus outbreak.

It's after their former Zest Centre home - a community enterprise in Upperthorpe - became inaccessible. 

The charity made the urgent call for temporary premises on social media - so they can continue to cook hot meals  and feed vulnerable people across the city. 

Food Works Sheffield, who re-purpose over seven tonnes of surplus food every week, have given away boxes of groceries to those who have been struggling since the outbreak. 

The organisation have also been providing a hot, healthy meal collection service made from food that would otherwise have been thrown away. 

It is as disruptions from the pandemic increase the risk of food being wasted and shoppers stock-piling essential items means some people may go without. 

Anyone who might be able to help provide a new work space, should tweet them @TheFoodWorksSHF or visit their website. 

Sheffield business introduces 'pay as you feel' system to help those struggling to buy groceries

Credit: Dave Dickinson from Sheffield Environmental.

Blend Kitchen put up a notice in their window on Pinstone Street telling people to pay what they could afford for fresh fruit and vegetables. 

The social enterprise which advocates against food waste, hopes it will help people in need. 

Some supermarket shelves remain bare as shoppers continue to stockpile essential items such as toilet roll, bread, eggs and milk. 

Food banks have also reported a reduction in donations due to less products being readily available. 

Blend Kitchen are also selling loaves of bread and baguettes, while still offering a full takeaway food delivery service. 

Sheffield households to put up self isolation notices to protect vulnerable people

People in the city considered to be at 'high risk' of contracting coronavirus are encouraged to print off self isolation notices. 

The free poster which has been circulating on social media is available for anyone to and stick to their front door. 

It is intended to warn delivery drivers and people dropping off supplies to keep two to three meters distance from the door - a method used to slow the spread of Covid-19. 

Anyone who wants to use the notice, just needs to save the photo and print it off. 

This is Sheffield guide racks up thousands of views and creates a social media buzz

Members of the This is Sheffield guide

The This is Sheffield guide has has racked up thousands of views and created a social media buzz after they launched an app on Thursday, March 19.

It lists the retailers and hospitality businesses which are running deliveries, takeaways, gift voucher sales, or alternate services, as well as those which have taken the decision to close.

Amelia Selby, who is part of the team behind the This is Kelham and Sheffield apps, said: "The more people we can reach, the more support we can give to local businesses and communities by giving them a sense of normality amid this uncertainty.

"It is incredibly important to support these businesses during this time and to keep the community together in whatever way we can before things completely come to a halt.

"Many independent businesses don't have the cash flow to pay their bills and staff when they aren't trading.

"Following advice from the government for the public to avoid pubs, restaurants etc we've seen a change in the service they provide, mostly takeaways and deliveries.

"While these businesses can provide services that avoid any social interaction and help those in isolation we will support them the best we can."

Any businesses currently offering services can ask to be added to the directory by sending an email to [email protected]

Sheffield dentistry students band together to help the vulnerable in any way they can during the coronavirus outbreak

Charles Clifford Dental Hospital

A group of final year students from Charles Clifford Dentistry Hospital have pledged their support to those most vulnerable in communities across Sheffield.

The students have said they completely understand the issues people will be facing through this difficult time as many remain in self-isolation.

The group of final year dentistry students willing to help the community wherever possible

In a statement, the group said: "We are final year students at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital and currently have quite a lot of free time on our hands.

"Therefore if you are self-isolating, or feel uncomfortable or anxious about going out or facing the shops at the moment, we would be more than happy to help out with any grocery shopping you my need, or prescriptions you may need collecting."

The leaflet of information the group have been sending to people across Sheffield.

If you, or someone you know is struggling, please call 079 5679 2204.

Sheffield sports bar becomes a food bank donation point to help the vulnerable

Overwhelming response from locals who have already donated over an estimated £300 worth of food.

The Loxley Sports Bar & Grill, on Loxley New Road, Malin Bridge is accepting donations of tinned and dried goods, toiletries and more.

So far the pub has had an overwhelming response from the community, with an estimated £300 worth of goods already having been delivered.

A personal delivery service is planned to help get items to those most in need, and a helpline will be set up for anyone who feels lonely from the effects of self-isolation.

Pub Manager Damian Chapman said: "We would like to thank everyone so far for their kind donations, it's very much appreciated.

"We pride ourselves as a hub of the community, with this in mind, we would like to make the Loxley a donation point.  

"If you know of anyone who is struggling in the area, please let them know we are here to help.

"We know sometimes it's hard to ask for help with our pride taking over, so please just direct message us or call us for a chat."

If you, or someone you know is struggling, please call the Loxley Sports Bar & Grill on  0114 453 5233.

Nether Edge community set up a support network to help vulnerable people

A pastor and her friend are behind the new forum to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Reverend Tina Sampson-Smith used her experience helping orphaned children and the elderly in Zimbabwe to start a similar network here in Sheffield.

Along with co-founder Jay Judge, they started a Facebook group, Nether Edge Help Network, and Whatsapp groups for each street, to connect people who could not leave their homes, or needed help during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full article here. 

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