Practical support at home

Support for those in need in Croydon has been collated into a helpful link here

Purley Food Hub has reopened, offering delivery only and is in need of donations. More info and a list will follow…


For the support Croydon Council is offering, please check these links

Service updates Support for hardship or difficulties Volunteering opportunities  

Useful links for 'home isolators'
Support information for those in need
CSP Reachout

Meat Delivery for Vulnerable
Bashfords, the Sanderstead Butchers, are doing a “Granny Pack” meat pack for £35 (free delivery within 3 miles). 020 8657 7558. Other size packs available.

Fresh Vegetables
If you are struggling with a delivery slot and over 70, you can call Sainbury’s on 0800 953 4988 to get on the priority list.

Local farm shops and wholesalers offering delivery services, include DM Houghton, Fresh Connect; Woods; Flower Farm in GodstonePedricks Zero Waste Shop in CaterhamLord Roberts on the Green.

For those near Old Lodge Lane and vulnerable, there is a local Facebook community group that has been set up to provide for those who need shopping or medication. You can find this here.

Bread & Milk
Kindred Bakery in Whyteleafe usually offers collection only here
BUT, for over 70s and those self-isolating, they have agreed to offer us FREE DELIVERY of fresh bread, delivered to your home in Kenley and Purley on a Wednesday. You will need to send your orders (and home addresses) by email to the Parish Office – at this email address office@saintb.org.uk by SUNDAY NIGHT, or phone through on a Monday morning, so that Claire can collate on a Monday into one document and place the order. Payment is via contactless card payment (as long as you don’t have the virus) or bank transfer – please call the office for details.

Priscilla’s Tea Room in Sanderstead is also offering delivery service for bread and milk (individual)

Purley businesses offering deliveries or collection click here

Groceries, washing up and more
Vikingh Direct are better known for office supplies but they also deliver washing-up liquid, bin bags, UHT milk, coffee and more.  See here 

NOTE: We're not recommending any of these businesses, just listing the services that are available.
If you have any other helpful suggestions, please email the Parish Office.

Free School Meals
For families that usually qualify for free school meals (not universal free school meals for Reception – Year 2, but those on income-based assistance) the government is offering £15 a week vouchers for supermarket shopping. More information here

Free resources for families in lockdown The unique collection of 100 classical recordings, complete with learning activities and information on each piece, is available for free for the first time, for the duration of lockdown from April 22nd until September 020. www.abrsm.org/classical100

Amazon has released free resources for families too All you need is an Amazon account to access:                 

• A selection of free Kindle books for kids and adults, including classic fiction like Oliver Twist & Treasure Island                  

• Hundreds of books for free on Audible                     

• Family shows on Prime Video, including Peppa Pig & Fireman Sam                     

• A selection of family and fitness content on Fire Tablets and Fire TV, from Learning Spanish to Maths Practice and Bing                     

• Playlists and Stations with Amazon Music                     

• #Readtogether with the Book Depository – until 5th May                     

• A virtual coding programme https://blog.aboutamazon.co.uk/in-the-community/amazon-makes-books-video-music-and-more-available-for-free

Missing Grandparents I’m sure many of you are in the same situation, with the children missing their grandparents terribly. My children were lucky enough to see their grandparents all the time before last month and are really feeling the effects of being separated from them. The younger ones, especially, who don’t understand FaceTime and get frustrated that they can’t touch or hug through the screen, needed something more tangible.

So, we have printed and laminated photos of grandparents, aunties and cousins, and hung them on a string across the fireplace (at their head height) so that they are a constant presence in the house. My two- year-old has taken to unpegging them, hugging the pictures and carrying them around with her; and they all get a kiss goodnight before bedtime. It’s really helped in our house, so I thought I’d share in case anyone else wanted to do it. We’ve also created photobooks for small hands (see left).  Claire Griggs


Supporting Croydon's voluntary groups during Covid
Croydon Voluntary Action/CVA is coordinating the voluntary sector’s effort by compiling information on support still available and new.
If you need help, please contact CVA: Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 16:00
Telephone: 020 8253 7076 or 07540720102 E-mail connectwellcroydon@cvalive.org.uk
If you would like to help, please register yourself or your group with Simply Connect Community via https://simplyconnectcommunity.uk/. It is a charity working in partnership with CVA, the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise/VCSE sector and authorities in supporting a Covid-19 response.


Pastoral Support

Our Pastoral Team has been in touch with everyone in the congregations to see how they are, whether they have any needs, and to check that they can receive communications from the Church in some form or another, e.g. email, Facebook. Anyone who cannot access any of these will receive updates in the post. Calls will then be made regularly. If you haven't had a call or you need to speak to Justine: note NEW number 07956 452021 or Elizabeth: 07788 755752, please give them a call.