As your local councillors for Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown, we are writing to update you on the current position as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.
Whilst demands on the Council are changing every day, emergency arrangements are in operation and we will ensure that the Council's priority remains to deliver essntial services to vulnerable residents. Council staff are being as flexible as possible and working tirelessly, and we appreciate the service they are providing to our residents.
There are a number of websites offering guidance:
These sites are updated regularly as the situation changes. We strongly advise AGAINST consulting any other websites, or forwarding allegedly helpful emails to your friends, because there’s a lot of false information out there which may put people in danger.
- Croydon Council’s COVID-19 information can be found HERE
- The government’s main information website can be found HERE
- The NHS portal is here: HERE
These are exceptionally difficult times for everyone and it is heart-warming to speak to so many local residents who want to help others. Many people are ensuring that their neighbours are OK and have everything they need.
The main volunteering effort in Croydon is being coordinated via Croydon Voluntary Action.
We also have local groups such as:
- St Edmunds Care Group which operates out of St Edmunds Church on Mitchley Avenue; their contact is Richard Wragg who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8660 5240
- Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care based at All Saints Church in Sanderstead.
Do let us know of any more groups who are offering help to vulnerable residents and please pass these details on to anyone local who you think may need access to these services but who does not have access to the internet.
It would also be helpful is you could let us know if you are aware of any individuals in particular need, or any Council services that are failing the most vulnerable.
Sadly, we will have to cancel our face-to-face monthly ward surgery for the foreseeable future. However, please do contact us if you have any local problems and we’ll try our best to help. Our contact details are:
Do please stay safe during these difficult times. Many neighbours are coming together and looking after one another which is wonderful. Sadly, there are some scammers out there – so be careful.
We will get through this together. Remember we're here to help.
Cllr Helen Redfern Cllr Simon Hoar