April 2020: News from your local MP

March 26 2020

KEEPING ourselves and our loved ones safe from the coronavirus will be the main concern for all of us at the current time and, as the local MP, I want ensure that people know where to access the information and support available to them at this challenging time.
I have been heartened to see how volunteers have come together spontaneously to support their neighbours who are vulnerable and in need. South Gloucestershire Council has produced an information pack that groups may find helpful in logging the offers of help and understanding the skills on offer from the public, meaning that the right help can be directed to the people who need it. There are a series of links to trusted sources of accurate and up-to-date information in a fast-changing situation, helping to avoid misleading and unhelpful rumours causing undue worry, or even harm.
The pack is available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/communityaid . The council would be grateful if you can let them know about the groups already set up in your area, as well as those that are being established, so that they can provide a directory of the help available. Email with details of groups to CommunityAid@southglos.gov.uk
The council’s aim is to provide council services as comprehensively as possible for as long as possible but its priority has to be on social care support for the most vulnerable. For the latest update on changes to service as a result of coronavirus please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/servicedisruption This is a fast-evolving situation and information will be updated regularly.
For the latest information, guidance and advice visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For information relating to council services, schools, care homes, businesses, communities and voluntary sector organisations, public transport and public open spaces during the coronavirus update and much more please visit the council website at www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus and continue to monitor its social media channels – www.facebook.com/sgloscouncil and www.twitter.com/sgloscouncil
If you have no access to online sources, the council’s contact centre can be reached on 01454 868009 and will be able to help you with any specific queries regarding council services.
Throughout this time, I will continue to be available to offer support and advice through my constituency office. Although due to the current situation the office is currently closed to help protect the vulnerable and the elderly, you can still get in touch via email on chris.skidmore.mp@parliament.uk or by phone on 01179081524.
It’s great to see how people living and working across Kingswood, as well as in government nationally and locally, are pulling out all the stops to work together to help us all to get through this.