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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

I can't afford to buy food for myself or my family

We are extremely fortunate in West Berkshire to have the resources of three food banks and other organisations, all of which are working closely together to ensure that food is delivered to those in need during the Covid-19 emergency.

 

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West Berks Foodbank

West Berks Foodbank supports local people in food crisis due to lack of money. 

The Foodbank provides 7-day, nutritionally balanced food parcels delivered direct to your door.

Please call the Crisis Foodline on 01635 760560 Monday-Friday 8am-6.30pm excluding Bank Holidays.

(Emergency out of hours number 07836 500610)

Parcels are packed with you in mind: in addition to food we are able to include toiletries, sanitary wear, nappies, pet food, and most importantly, we cater for your allergies and intolerances.

West Berks Foodbank's local volunteers endeavour to support clients to get you back on your feet with weekly welfare calls and by making introductions to our partner agencies supporting mental health, debt management, domestic violence and more.

You can visit West Berkshire Foodbank's Facebook page here.

To make a donation you can visit their website.


Community Furniture Project (Newbury)

The Community Furniture Project (Newbury) supports individuals and families in need and will deliver a food parcel on the same day in most instances, then contact the recipient weekly to establish if they require a further parcel. CFP works with the West Berkshire Food Bank to support people's longer term food access issues.

The CFP passes on any surplus food to organisations offering food parcels and meals, such as West Berkshire Food Bank, Loose Ends, Newbury Soup Kitchen, Fairclose and other local providers.

The CFP can be contacted on 07867975722 or by email at joe@cfpnewbury.org.uk


Fair Close Centre Meals on Wheels from Newbury Racecourse Fair Close This link opens in a new browser window
Fair Close

Fair Close Centre (Age Concern) has joined forces with Newbury Racecourse, Greenham Trust, Stream Networks and Swift Logistics Group, enabling it to prepare, pack and deliver nutritious hot lunches to the highest hygiene and safety standards.

The Meals on Wheels volunteers are currently delivering hot lunches to established rounds clients in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and Kintbury and the Centre has been developing new rounds as far afield as Compton. All the volunteer drivers have been DBS-checked and trained in the non-contact delivery procedure. 

If anyone you know who is older or vulnerable would like a hot lunch delivered, please call the Centre on 01635 40488.  A two course lunch costs £5.50 (£5 for Fair Close members) and a main course costs £5 (£4 for Fair Close members). 

Fair Close Centre Restaurant is now open 7 days a week offering a safe solution to eating out and offering a place to meet friends in a Covid Safe Environment.  Booking required as numbers are very limited.

To make a donation you can visit their website. 

You can visit Fair Close Centre's Facebook page here.


Newbury Soup Kitchen

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Newbury Soup Kitchen
The Newbury Soup Kitchen  provides a takeaway hot meal service two nights a week in Newbury for rough sleepers.

This currently operates on a Thursday evening out of the Salvation Army building, 8 Northcroft Lane RG14 1BU, between 6 and 7pm and on a Saturday evening at The Wharf in Newbury opposite the museum between 5 and 6pm.

You can contact them by calling 07583 637588 or you can email them at enquire@newburysoupkitchen.org.uk. 

To make a donation you can visit their website.

You can visit Newbury Soup Kitchen's Facebook page here. 


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Loose Ends continues to offer a 'takeaway' service for clients during their normal session times, whilst abiding by government guidelines on social distancing as well as providing meals and necessities five days a week, for Newbury rough sleepers who have been housed in local hotels.

They are run by over 60 volunteers who serve on average 140 meals per week

To make a donation you can visit their website.

You can visit Loose End's Facebook page here.