COVID 19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

If you are self-isolating or in need of help due to COVID-19, we can help you by: 

  • Picking up shopping 
  • Posting mail 
  • Picking up medicines 
  • A friendly phone call 
  • Urgent requirement

Just call or email us and we will do our best to help you! Don't forget to give us your contact details including an email or telephone number.

Contact us on: 

Tel: 07955 506918 
Email: covid19astons@gmail.com 

Dear Resident of The Astons’ 

The Aston’s Parish Council (PC) is coordinating a parish-wide response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency based on the latest guidance issued by Public Health England and HM Government. Our response is to provide a support for residents who may need help, for people homeworking, or being advised to self-isolate together, we can help each other in our parishes as this emergency unfolds. 

The Response 

As existing social and individual care plans are put under pressure, it is likely that community-based networks will increasingly be used to provide local support for those that need it. At the time of writing, for example, families displaying COVID-19 symptoms will need to self-isolate for 14 days and it 

looks likely that the Government has recommended self-isolation for all people over the age of 70 or who have underlying health issues. 

As such, many Parish Councils are reaching out to their residents to provide vital support for those that may need it during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Our response is not intended to replace any measures that you have already put in place (such as home deliveries or through another service provider) including the delivery of medicines. Rather, by letting us know of your needs, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you have a back-up mechanism 

in the unlikely event that your existing arrangements are compromised in some way. 

It may be that you have not made any provision for home delivery of food or other supplies before self- isolation. In this case, just send us your details 

and we can help. It also allows for volunteers to help residents find a solution for any needs that are totally unexpected during self-isolation (such as a burst water pipe or a broken boiler), that under the circumstances could be particularly stressful. It also provides a mechanism for residents to simply 

talk to someone if they are feeling lonely. 

Public Health England has advised everyone to ensure that they plan for every eventuality during the COVID-19 emergency even if you may not consider that you are at risk at the moment. It is unclear how the situation will develop with time. For example, you may already have someone that you can rely on to help you as you self-isolate but they may have to self-isolate at some point leaving you in a vulnerable position. You will still need to pay for your shopping, medicines (if applicable) and any services that you require, but our volunteers can do the rest. Simply talk to us, so that we can understand your needs.

For the Parish Council to co-ordinate its response, do let us know, particularly if you are in one of the following groups: 

  • People aged over 70 with an underlying health condition who are likely to soon be self isolating 
  • Vulnerable people of all ages who rely on others for their care 
  • People who are sick or have long term illnesses or health conditions or are self-isolating 
  • People who live alone 
  • People with mental health problems 
  • Families with children 
  • Those that are feeling lonely or isolated

How to Contact Us 

 The Parish Council has set up a dedicated


What Information We Need From You 
We will need your name, address and contact details. Do let us know what your current situation is and what help you may need assistance with. It would also be useful to know whether you have someone helping you at the moment (this could be a friend, a registered carer, an on-line retailer, or a family member) and whether you are caring for anyone else at the moment. The PC would like to reassure you that your information will only be used for the purposes of providing for your needs if and when you require help. A copy of the PC GDPR data protection policy can be sent to you on request.

How We Will Keep You Up to Date 

It is proposed to update residents regularly by the following means: 

In addition, a weekly update will also be published via Facebook and e-news (email) every Friday after 17:00 hours.

Call for Volunteers 

The Parish Council needs volunteers to deliver our response to residents (that will include residents between the Astons and South Moreton). If you would like to help in any way, please do contact us by any of the ways provided for in this letter. Please contact: covid19astons@gmail.com We will need help in the following areas: runners for home delivery, picking up shopping, a friendly phone call, posting mail, collection, and delivery of medicines and assistance running vital parish voluntary groups that may be affected by self-isolation. Thank you in advance for your help and continued support.  

The Parish Council response can only help with social responsibility and cannot provide advice or information on health care issues including information on whether you need to self-isolate. The Parish Council has ensured that its response has been made in partnership with the valuable measures that have already been put in place by the Wallingford Medical Practice, HM Government and Public Health England.