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Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

Allotments

Allotment sites remain open to allow plot holders to visit as part of their daily exercise in line with social distancing guidelines and advice set out by the National Allotment Society

Due to limited resources, our grounds maintenance contractor, Idverde has suspended plot inspections and new plot allocations at this time.

Foodbanks

A huge thank you to all those who have donated to or volunteered at Kingston’s food banks.

The generosity of Kingston’s residents has helped our food banks to respond to unprecedented demand, but more donations are needed.

Beverley Duncan, of New Malden Baptist Church Foodbank, said:  “Lots of changes at Kingston Foodbank and we are busier than ever. We are so grateful for all the donations of long life food from the community. Please keep them coming. 

“One lovely 6 year old boy was so desperate to help, that he donated some of his Easter chocolate for us to give away. What a star!”

Find out how to donate.

Time to be kind

Social isolation poses particular challenges for many individuals with Autism and their families. Express CIC is a Kingston based user group supporting around 500 families across Richmond and Kingston.  Founded by Tracey and Annette, both parents of autistic children, the group runs awareness events and therapy groups for children and their siblings, as well as 1 to 1 sessions. 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak the group has seen an increase in demand for telephone and online support including 1 to 1 therapy sessions. Delivering a highly individualised service in the current circumstances is challenging, since individuals can find it hard to adapt to new situations - but everyone can make a difference.

Tracey’s message to the wider community is to be aware and be kind. Often parents need to take their child with them to places they wouldn’t choose to go, such as the supermarket.  If you are able to, give them space and let them go in front of you. Keep an eye out for autistic individuals living in the community, they may find it hard to ask for help, or understand that they need help. We can all play our part by being good neighbours and making life a bit easier for those who need our support.

To support CIC Express and their work, or to find out more, contact them here.

Save The World Club Food Distribution

Kingston based environmental charity, Save the World Club, delivers surplus food on a daily basis to those most in need. According to Founder, Des Kay, since early March they have seen an 80% increase in demand due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Although a challenging time, the community has responded with more businesses donating food, more people volunteering, more use made of their warehouse and closer links forged with the Council, food banks and other community groups.

Through this amazing combined effort, hundreds of essential food items and ready meals have been delivered across the borough to vulnerable residents and to those on low incomes who could not feed their families without this support. 

A massive thank you from STWC to everyone who has stepped up to help them at this time. 

#XpressYourselfMusicChallenge: Calling all teenagers!

A huge congratulations to the winner of #XpressYourselfMusicChallenge week one, Mahmouda Ali, and to all of the amazing entries received.

The music challenge, hosted by Project X for Achieving for Children, has a different theme each week. In week one, this was to perform a rap including words such as ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘lockdown’. 

You can hear Mahmouda’s winning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) rap, as well as second place Amadeus Jeetla-Lang and third place Matilda Edwards on Project X’s Instagram.

The challenge is now calling for entries for its second week. This week’s theme: to rap about someone or something that has made you proud during lockdown.

To enter you must be a resident of Kingston upon Thames or Richmond upon Thames, aged 11 to 19. You can find out details for week 2’s challenge on Project X's Instagram. Voting will start later this week on the Instagram page.

The top three entries each week will go through to week four’s final, in which a £50 voucher is up for grabs.

Thanks Sewing for Kingston - Surbiton

 A big thank you to the Sewing for Kingston - Surbiton community group for creating a special range of innovative products to help support our key workers at this time.

The group, established by retired doctor, Kate Kenyon, has provided over 250 handmade drawstring bags to the Kingston police force to wash contaminated uniforms in, crafted knitted headbands for care workers to reduce the pressure of face masks and much more.

Find out more.