Covid 19 Help Groups
Coronavirus Help Groups 2020 Update
Although the Covid-19 lockdown is beginning to ease you may still be shielded or self-isolating and needing help with things like shopping and fetching prescription medicines....or you may just need a friendly voice at the end of the phone to check on how you are getting on.
Here are some of the organisations in the Mid-Sussex community that may be able to help you.
In Burgess Hill, the Town Council is coordinating volunteer support. Local community groups include the Burgess Hill Helper Army and Neighbourly Care.
In Hurstpierpoint there is the Hurst Covid 19 Neighbours Support Group
In Haywards Heath the Town Council is again coordinating community support through the Mayor’s Leave No One Behind initiative. Community groups include the Mid-Sussex Self-Isolation Group and the Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group
In East Grinstead the Emergency Action Group is coordinating support by several groups and businesses in the town including Age UK, the Mug Tree and the Town Council.
For further information go to the Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead Town Council websites and Facebook pages. You will also find this information on our own Mid-Downs Radio website.
Burgess Hill Helper Army
Supporting residents in the community who are vulnerable or elderly and those self-isolating. Group is calling for volunteers to speak on the phone or deliver food and essential to someone vulnerable.
Burgess Hill, Hassocks & Hurstpierpoint
Covering the Burgess Hill, Hassocks & Hurstpierpoint area is Neighbourly
Care. This offers support that a ‘good neighbour’ might offer such as
shopping, transport to an urgent doctors or dentist appointment and minor
household and DIY jobs. For further details phone 07876-066368 or e-mail:
Mid Sussex Voluntary Action is signposting volunteers to groups and charities that are supporting people who are self-isolating. If your group/charity is planning to use additional volunteers to help deliver food or shopping, look after children or pets, keep in touch or check on people’s well- being – you can contact them on 01444 258102 or email email@example.com and give them the contact details of whoever is coordinating recruitment. They are also preparing guidance for self-organising groups which are being set up to help with this specific situation.
Mid-Sussex Self-Isolation Group
To help anyone self-isolating and needs things such as shopping and prescription collections
The Haywards Heath COVID-19 Mutual Aid
group is a band of local Haywards Heath residents who have volunteered to help vulnerable residents in the area. Volunteers are grouped by area via WhatsApp groups. They are there to help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, posting mail, etc. or by just making a friendly phone call.
For further information ring 01444-635002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In Haywards Heath, action and information is also being coordinated by the Town Council through the Mayor’s ‘Leave No One Behind Initiative’. Town Councillors are co-ordinating action in their wards working with community groups. Healthy and able residents will be asked to help support more vulnerable residents. We will be putting out a call for volunteers within the Wards to deliver information cards to all addresses. Based on a response to these cards the Council will then be able to map out, street by street, where are the more vulnerable residents are and ensure they have the appropriate support during the crisis. For those on social media and the internet Council will also be active on Facebook, Skype platforms and the Haywards Heath Council website.
Hurst Covid 19 Neighbours Support Group to offer help to each other
In East Grinstead the East Grinstead Emergency Action Group is being coordinated by several groups and businesses in the town including Age UK East Grinstead and District, the Mug Tree and the Town Council. They have set up a helpline for vulnerable people in the community whose household is self-isolating to arrange for some shopping to be delivered, prepared food delivered, prescriptions collected, activities in the home or other small errands.
There are also volunteer support groups in Ardingly, Balcombe, Chailey, Cuckfield, Hurstpierpoint and Wivelsfield. You can find out what support they are able to offer on their Facebook pages.
For further information....and updates on any further voluntary groups.....go to the Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead Town Council websites and Facebook pages as well as those for the Mid-Sussex District Council.