‘Don’t be too proud to ask for help’ during the coronavirus crisis is the message to residents from the Budleigh Hub.
The Hub, and its partners, is supporting more than 200 households each week across the Exmouth, Budleigh and Woodbury areas, with shopping, prescription collection, cooked meal delivery and befriending by telephone.
Marc Jobson, Budleigh Hub manager, urged those needing support during the pandemic, to put pride aside and ask for help.
The Hub is currently completing 350 ‘acts of kindness’ a week. This includes collecting prescriptions, shopping, delivering samples, transporting people to appointments at GP surgeries and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and some financial help.
The team has also collected and delivered a kitten to its new owner, taken a friend to wave at another through a window when they needed extra support, and set up technology for the elderly keen to video call their families and grandchildren while isolating.
Mr Jobson said the service recently received a card from a family thanking The Hub for ‘getting us over this little hump’.
He said: “Don’t be too proud. If you need help, it really is out there. Everybody knows somebody affected. It’s extraordinary times. If you need help, go and get it.”
The Budleigh Hub recently received £5,000 from Devon County Councillors Richard Scott, Jeff Trail and Christine Channon, from their locality budget.
The councillors called the Budleigh Hub, and its volunteers, a ‘credit’ to the communities the service helped.
Mr Jobson said the extra cash would continue to secure support for those in need living in Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (the WEB area).
He said: “I would like to thank councillors, Richard Scott, Jeff Trail and Christine Channon, for their kind donation to the Hub.
“The monies really will enable us to continue supporting the communities of Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh through this difficult COVID period.
“We are currently helping over two hundred households per week with their shopping, prescription collection, cooked meal delivery and befriending by telephone.
“We know this is much-needed and appreciated by our communities.”
As well as offering ongoing support through the pandemic The Budleigh Hub, together with its partners, Budleigh Salterton Town Council, St Peters Primary School, local churches, Budleigh Salterton Relief in Need, Launchpad Cafe and Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, is also delivering 200 cooked meals to vulnerable residents.
Mr Jobson said: “The Budleigh Hub is an integral part of Budleigh’s response to COVID-19.
“The Hub is currently completing 350 acts of kindness a week.
“This includes collecting prescriptions, shopping, delivering samples and transport to appointments at GP surgeries and RD&E. We have also delivered a kitten to an anxious resident.”
He added: “We are also helping those in Exmouth via GP surgeries who identify their patients in need to us.
“Further, we are offering our expertise in volunteering to other newly formed groups such as Exmouth Mutual Aid.
“We have been inundated with offers of help and now have an extra two hundred volunteers on our books.”
In addition to the £5,000 for Budleigh Hub, Cllrs Scott, Trail and Channon gave £2,000 locality budget cash to Brixington Church, Exmouth.
Cllr Scott said: “The Hub we support generally as it is an important asset in the WEB health area.
“The statutory and voluntary groups working from the facility are a credit to communities.
“The church in Brixington we also support frequently as they are very active in the north Exmouth community and provide a lot of support to families.”
For more information on help and support available in the WEB area, see here.