Other Support Services  

Our community has come together to offer all kinds of support for everyone and the LACOVID Network is proud to be working alongside them. Find out more about charitable services, online groups and the important support (including prayer, services and pastoral care) offered by All Saints Church and Hebron Church here. 
If you would like to see a service listed here, please email us with the details. 

All Saints Church 

Services are listed on the website and in the newsletter that goes out each week. Generally, services are being recorded once a week and can be found on the YouTube channel (The CofE in Long Ashton, Flax Bourton and Barrow Gurney). 

North Somerset Together 

Run by North Somerset Council, this service gives information about how you can get involved in volunteering and how to donate to organisations to aid their response, where to get support, how North Somerset Council can help organisations and what they can do to help others and provides the latest information about its services, health advice, the situation in the UK and how to stay up to date. 

Long Ashton Photo Competition 

While the schools are shut, Jo Heinrich thought it might be a good idea to have something to focus on for anyone up to GCSE age: a photo competition every week. Parents can post a photo each time (one entry per child please) - and if children are old enough to have their own account, they're welcome to post too. Whoever gets the most likes/reactions by Sunday at 7pm is the winner! 

Long Ashton Fruit & Veg (COVID-19 response) - Facebook group 

This year could be a great time to grow some of your own food, perhaps with your children. We have our own Fruit & Veg Facebook group where you can get ideas and ask for help from local experts. It’s not too late to sow seeds or buy baby plants. And you’ll be connecting with nature in a new way, as well as saving money and strain on the shops. See you in the Facebook group! 

Welfare Calls with Community Connect 

Community Connect is a service funded by North Somerset Council. We have been working with over 50-year olds for approaching 5 years and have a wealth of experience in supporting people who are isolated and or lonely. As we are following government advice and therefore are not visiting people in their homes, while also reducing travelling around North Somerset, we are offering weekly welfare calls to anyone who would benefit from this support. If you are aware of people wanting calls, with their consent, please feel able to pass the details onto our team on 01275 888803. We would be happy to help. 

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) 

In response to the escalating COVID-19 situation, please see key updates for voluntary, community and social enterprises across North Somerset. See, in particular, the list of organisations and communities offering support in North Somerset as supplied by VANS

Alzheimer's Society 

During the coronavirus pandemic, Alzheimer's Society have advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them – either in the same household or from a distance. 
The information will be regularly updated, including details about how Alzheimer’s Society can help. 

Long Ashton Wellbeing Facebook group 

We have set up a wellbeing team to offer inspiration and support for everyone in Long Ashton. We will be sharing links to lots of other sources of support, self-care tips, articles, ideas for exercise and recipes, and we would also love you to share your own ideas. 

Citizens Advice North Somerset 

A special Coronavirus Emergency information page from Citizens Advice North Somerset with links to advice about housing, money, family, employments, benefits, Universal Credit and more. 

Wellspring Counselling 

Wellspring Counselling is proudly still open for business as usual during the Covid-19 crisis, with all our teams now supporting around 150 local clients by phone and online each week. Thanks to our amazing staff for working so hard and adapting to continue supporting local vulnerable people. 
Wellspring also has a new service for local young people during the Covid-19 crisis. See Wellbeing support for 11-18s

Council Tax Support 

North Somerset Council is offering help to any residents having difficulty paying their Council Tax during the coronavirus crisis. Anyone having problems paying should contact the council to discuss either a payment holiday or reduced payment arrangement or be directed to other welfare assistance. 
Use the ‘contact us’ form on the council’s website here. 
Anyone without internet access can call 01934 888 144. Due to the high level of calls they are receiving you may be in a queue to speak to an adviser. 

Easy Read Advice 

Looking for easy read advice about coronavirus? Find it here

Official government advice on coronavirus 

Looking for government advice about coronavirus? Find it here

Hebron Church 

Hebron Church is continuing to meet online during this time at 6pm on Sunday evenings and at various points during the week. All are welcome to join our informal gatherings for worship, prayer and mutual support. Visit our website or Facebook page for more information. We would also be glad to talk or pray with anyone who might find it helpful.  
Email or phone 07815 891 026 

Long Ashton Parish Council 

The Parish Council office is closed for the foreseeable future, but you can still contact the Clerk (9am-5pm, Mon-Thurs).  
Tele: 01275 393551  

The best place to find government services and information. 

Long Ashton is Staying at Home for a while - Facebook group 

Group for children and young people and their grown-ups in Long Ashton to gather ideas for things to do and share projects as we while away these long Spring 2020 extra holiday days! 
You'll find links to different websites, videos, online resources that will help you fill the time, some suggestions of things Long Ashton can get busy with together but apart while we're all off school. 

Age UK Somerset 

Age UK Somerset are currently offering: 
Friendly Phone Calls – we are offering regular calls to any older person who is alone and feels isolated. We are able to provide virtual social contact with them and are happy to just chat. 
Phone Support in conjunction with Mindline – We are taking calls from older people suffering from mild depression. Mindline generally deal with these individuals but we have agreed that at the moment they may well be called on to assist in more complex cases. SOMPAR, Midline and other agencies have been advised they can refer to us in the lower level situations. 
Information and Advice – Giving help and good advice. In these worrying times it also about helping older people know where they can go for help with food shopping and meds delivery etc. We'll also answer worries and concerns specific to coronavirus. 
Helpline number is 01823 345610 

Volunteer Accreditation Programme in conjunction with Weston College 

VANS working in partnership with Weston College have developed an accredited induction programme for longstanding volunteers, new helpers providing assistance or those considering the offer of support in the future. The course provides an opportunity to upskill and gain an accreditation in volunteering whilst more importantly, enabling everyone out there to understand their roles and responsibilities and safely provide assistance within their communities especially during this very difficult time. 
For people interested in registering for this induction programme email: 

Business Grants from North Somerset Council 

Here you'll find details of grant schemes to help businesses following the COVID-19 outbreak, in particular the Small Business Grant of £10,000 available for ratepayers in receipt of small business relief and the Retail Grant. 

Quick online training course for volunteers 

The Community Emergency Response Volunteering (CERV) course is offered online via Google Classroom. It is free for volunteers (or those who wish to volunteer) living in North Somerset (minimum age 19/there is no maximum age). The content is in 4 modules. 
* Being a Volunteer 
* Keeping yourself and others safe 
* Communication skills 
* Knowing the boundaries of your role 
The course content is a mixture of slideshows, videos and handouts - some with commentary. As its purpose is to be a short induction programme for volunteers, there is no exam but there are on or two short assignments and quizzes per module. 
The time to complete will vary per individual but we estimate the course can be completed in 2-3 hours and it doesn’t have to be done all at once as you can dip in and out. A certificate of achievement is provided on completion. 
Although it’s an online course, it is overseen by a tutor who's available to help should you need it. To be able to join the course you need a Gmail account (we can send you instructions of how to set up one if you don’t have one already). You'll receive email instructions on how to access Google Classroom and a code to get onto the course. 
If you’d like to join the course email Julie Evans at North Somerset Council. Her email is She will email you an enrolment form to complete. 

Online shopping - IT support 

The Libraries Team at North Somerset Council have set up phone support for people with problems getting online, accessing digital info etc. Please note – they don’t cover technical issues with computer equipment. 
We know that many residents are having difficulties getting to grips with online shopping, so you may find this useful. 
Sessions can be arranged by contacting 01934 426834 or e-mail . 

Tyntesfield Medical Group 

For info on Rayens Cross Surgery in Long Ashton and other local doctors surgeries, visit here
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