Are you feeling anxious about the current situation? Would you like to meet with others who maybe feeling the impact of Coronavirus and lockdown on their emotional well-being? Alvechurch and Beoley Stronger Together is a new group forming under the Alvechurch Cares umbrella. Its aim is to create a confidential, safe place to come and talk about what we’re going through, how we’re coping, have a giggle and share support within the group. We might also learn some techniques to cope with anxiety and learn how to relax.
Come and join us at our first Zoom get-together on Monday 18th May at 7pm. Email:
with Alvechurch and Beoley Stronger Together in the subject line for a link to the Zoom room after completing a simple form.
Hillcrest & Portway Area
For upto date information on the Coronovirus crisis see
CovidCall connects your community
CovidCall provides a free phone service for volunteers to provide local people in self-isolation with shopping assistance or social contact.
Click on the link below to be taken to their website for further details:
Beoley Parish Council outreach leaflet (at the top of this page)
Portway cares leaflets
You can also find this information online the Councils’ website – Bromsgrove (www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/CoronavirusBromsgrovePartnership) and Redditch (www.redditchbc.gov.uk/CoronavirusRedditchPartnership) which can be updated/added to accordingly.
Bromsgrove District Council Coronavirus webpage – To find out changes to services and support – www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/coronavirus
Redditch Borough Council Coronavirus webpage – To find out changes to services and support – www.redditchbc.gov.uk/coronavirus
Worcestershire County Council Coronavirus webpage – For further information and support countywide – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus .
Here 2 Help Worcestershire – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/Here2Help – This all about helping our communities. All volunteers are encouraged to register on this website. Poster is also attached.
Charity Fund for VCS Groups – An opportunity to apply the Covid-19 charity fund which is offering grants from £5 – 20k and has been set up by the money saving expert Martin Lewis. The closing date is midnight on 25/03/2020 : https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2020/03/i-m-making-p1m-available-to-fund-urgent-small-charity-coronaviru/?fbclid=IwAR1wmrNJkoXHoAL9iliIPsj_fWdz_cF_0m160ZApl2xBretYzFYwhWRfZqk
In addition to the District and Borough Council websites above, Guidance for Businesses can be found at: GBSLEP Growth Hub (www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/business-advice/coronavirus) and Worcestershire Business Central (www.business-central.co.uk/novel-coronavirus-pneumonia-outbreak-information/)
Info on sick pay and more from DWP – Please find attached an update from the DWP regarding the rules around sick pay, benefits and more…
Age UK BRWF Services – An update on changes to support and services available – www.ageuk.org.uk/brwf/about-us/news/articles/update-on-age-uk-brwfs-support-and-services-from-ceo-sam-humphray-17th-march
BDHT – Announcement regarding changes to service delivery from 23 March – www.bdht.co.uk
Redditch Night Stop – From Friday 20th March until Friday 3rd April. You will be able to contact us during the hours of Mon – Fri 9 am -5pm on 07904 211765
We have maintained our supported Lodgings service, but we feel that placing young people in our emergency accommodation would pose too high risk for both hosts and clients. We will continue to provide support to our clients over the phone and open the office for planned counselling sessions.
Local Policing Update – Info for partners about police attendance at meetings and key messages from the Police to the public is attached.
Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service – Latest news from HWFRS, including encouraging people at home to follow a fire safety checklist –www.hwfire.org.uk/news
HoW College – Updates can be found on the college website – www.howcollege.ac.uk/about/coronavirus-covid-19
Energy and Heating Support during coronavirus – here are links to further information for Bromsgrove (www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/energysupportduringcoronavirus) and Redditch (www.redditchbc.gov.uk/energysupportduringcoronavirus) residents and an update from Act on Energy too (https://actonenergy.org.uk/1644-2/)
Worcestershire Libraries – updates can be found here – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries. Please note: Catshill and Wythall Libraries are now closed until further notice. Other libraries across Bromsgrove and Redditch (and Worcestershire) remain open at present but opening hours may vary and temporary closures may occur due to staff shortages.
Citizens Advice Bromsgrove & Redditch – Notice attached giving details of the changes to services (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/bromsgrove-redditch/contact-us/?serialnumber=100333)
Closure of The Pod in Charford – Update (dated 18 March) attached from BDHT
Catshill Baptist Foodbank – Two email updates (dated 17 March) attached – Please ensure you only return forms to and only use the Foodbank number: 07542 102649 (rather than via Catshill Baptist Church)
Social Media Support – there are a number of groups being created on social media to help support residents in both areas at this time including:
– Worcestershire – Coronavirus Support – Helping Each Other: www.facebook.com/groups/1565653966891741/
– Bromsgrove Community Support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BromsgroveCommunitySupport
– Support Redditch – https://supportredditch.net/ amongst others.
Parenting and Community Team – please find attached an update on what the Parenting and CommunityTeam’s arrangements are during this time.
We hope you find this helpful. If you have any updates or information from your organisation which you would like to cascade out to statutory, voluntary and community organisations, and elected Members for both areas please send them to and we will endeavour to send these out to you.
Keep safe and well everyone,
Wellbeing in Partnership Team
Bromsgrove Partnership/Redditch Partnership