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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.

 

West Berks Foodbank West Berks Foodbank This link opens in a new browser window
West Berks Foodbank

West Berks Foodbank supports local people people with emergency food and compassionate, practical support if you are in financial need.

Please call the Crisis Foodline on 01635 760560 Monday-Friday 8am-6.30pm excluding Bank Holidays. Answer simple questions regarding current crisis, there is no means-testing.

Providing 7-day nutritionally balanced food parcels delivered discreetly to your home address. 
We can accommodate food allergies, dietary and religious requirements. Also essential non-food items on request. (nappies, pet food, toiletries etc).
West Berks Foodbank provide compassionate, dignified support and work hard to signpost people to agencies that can support with long-term issues to prevent people from needing to use food banks.

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.


Meals on Wheels direct from the Fair Close Centre Fair Close This link opens in a new browser window
Fair Close

Fair Close Centre (Age Concern) (run by Age Concern Newbury and District CIO) is preparing freshly cooked nutritious hot food 6 days a week to the highest hygiene and COVID safe delivery standards.

The DBS checked Meals on Wheels volunteers have received safeguarding training and will continue to deliver hot lunches to established rounds to clients in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and Kintbury with the capacity to develop new rounds during the winter months.

If anyone you know who is older or vulnerable would like a hot lunch then please call the Centre on 01635 40488 or email: hello@fairclosecentre.org

A two course meal costs £5.50 (£5.00 for Fair Close members) and a main course costs £5.00 (£4.00 for Fair Close members) and the service is available every day of the week apart from Saturday.

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 Logo

Loose Ends continues provides a 'takeaway' service for for homeless and vulnerable clients during their normal session times, five days a week following government guidelines on social distancing.  They also work with outreach workers and provide 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.