We hope to provide you with essential information and links to Aylesbury support groups during Covid-19 for residents of the town. Below is a wide variety of resources, information, guidance and support. There is so much information out there and we hope that this will link to you to other relevant organisations, groups and charities that are suitable and relevant to you. Please note that the advice and guidance given is directly form those external sites and do not represent the opinions of Aylesbury Town Council.
Information from Buckinghamshire Council:
Changes to our (Buckinghamshire Council) Services including waste collection, libraries, registration of births, deaths and marriages, transport, parking, provision of free school meals and planning.
Community Support Hub including; Helping Others , Getting Help, Keeping you Safe
Business Support Hub including; Business grant funding, Local Business Support, FAQs for business, suppliers and charities
Local Facebook Groups helping the community and the NHS:
OFFICIAL AYLESBURY “HOW CAN I HELP” SITE – for local residents to ask questions and offer support to each other
AYLESBURY BUSINESSES “HOW WE CAN HELP NOW” during Covid-19 – Business listing group, with details of local businesses who have changed their services to assist at this time
Helping others during Coronavirus Aylesbury – for local residents to ask questions and offer support to each other
Sewing for the NHS – Bedfordshire, Bucks & Milton Keynes – If you would like to get involved with sewing wash bags and head bands for local NHS staff
Grants and Funding for charities and community groups:
The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund is being managed by the National Community Lottery, who are distributing this alongside National Lottery funding, through a single application (details below).
Other funding opportunities, which may be of interest to charities and community groups:
United Way UK- Give Local COVID-19 Response Grants: grants for small, local charities working to benefit vulnerable communities on the wider impacts of the crisis (deadline 5th June 2020)
Asda Foundation Healthy Holiday Grant: grant of £500 is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.
British Muslim COVID-19 Fund: Grants of £250 to £5,000 to charities and groups to protect and assist vulnerable people during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. It looks like this might be a possibility for smaller grassroots organisations as well
The 7 Stars Foundation opens in July and is an unrestricted grant funding programme up to £2500 for charities under £1.5m looking after our at risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; homelessness and those who are supporting our young child carers, so get ready to apply now if relevant to your organisation.
Community Impact Bucks list a selection of the latest funds on their website website which is updated regularly, so do take a look to see if there are any others grants and funding opportunities which apply to you. Funding during Covid-19
Some of our regular local suppliers and volunteers have been providing the community with some great FREE stuff:
We thought it would be nice to share some of their projects with you
Marie, our wonderful sign interpreter has done some brilliant sign stories and even featured on the BBC on-line page, you can see all of the stories here at her Facebook page Hand Talking
Queens Park Arts Centre have been attending our community events for the past 2 years bringing you a wide range of crafts and activities, as the centre is currently shut to the public, they are still encouraging your creativity with Live Creatively and A Sonnet A Day
Simon Says magic has entertained at a number of our events, here he encourages you how to stay safe at this time – Simon Says Magic in Lockdown
DJ Dan Blaze our happy-go-lucky-host from Soapbox Derby is doing a whole range of radio shows and live dance music party sessions – great fun on a Friday night – listen live or catch up later. Check out his page for more information DJ Dan Blaze
Rob Oakley who has performed many times on the stage at Live in the Park, is singing to you from his kitchen, nights and style change, so again do check out his page for more information – Rob Oakley
Louise from The Party Poppers – our mega talented balloon modeller is doing daily Birthday shout out videos for local children. What a beautiful and unique way to make the birthday child feel special.