Help, Support and Advice

Last updated on: 10-May-2021

2. Help for the vulnerable

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

Gravesham supporting the vulnerable

We are working with the North West Kent Volunteer Centre and other community partners to get vital supplies and medicines to those who need them most in our community.

If you, or anyone you know is vulnerable or self-isolating and without an immediate support network, you can ask for help. This may include help with your shopping or having a prescription collected.

Support with food, shopping and deliveries

We have prepared some information about getting food during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information please see the government’s guidance on accessing food and essential supplies. We've also created a list of local essential businesses within our borough that are accepting orders for food and supplies.

Foodbanks

There are foodbanks in Gravesend who are there should you need to access support, although unable to deliver.

The Gravesend Foodbank is open Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Riverside Community Centre
Dickens Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 2JY

info@graveshamfoodbank.org.uk

The Hive Foodbank is open Wednesday only 11am to 1pm

St Botolph's Church
The Hill
Northfleet
Kent
DA11 9EU

hivehopeuk@gmail.com

To access support you will need an E-voucher which you can request by phoning 01474 337000. You will be issued with an e-voucher to use within 3 days to collect a food parcel. Please make us aware if you are self-isolating and do not have anyone to collect for you.

Are you able to donate food? Visit the Gravesham Foodbank website for more information.

Local shops

Details of local shops offering telephone orders and in some cases local delivery options

Supermarket information

Home delivery has been prioritised for those customers identified by the government as especially vulnerable and supermarkets have been contacting these people and offering slots. Please check individual supermarket websites for the latest information.

Gurdwara

The Gravesend Gurdwara continue to offer their free Langar (food) deliver service.

Guru Nanak Marg
(off Saddington Street)
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1AG

For latest information please visit the Guru Nanak Darbar Website or phone 01474 761063

Community Support Shop

The Community Support Shop provides help for any community member affected by hardship.  It runs every Tuesday from 10.30am- 12.30pm.

Northfleet Veterans Club
The Hill
Northfleet
Gravesend
DA11 9EU

You can email gemma@cvsnwk.org or phone 01474 334479

NHS Volunteer Responders

You can request help from an NHS Volunteer Responder if you are self-isolating and fall in one of the following categories:

  • aged 70 or older and have underlying health conditions
  • received a letter saying you are ‘extremely vulnerable’
  • have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010
  • pregnant
  • have a high-risk health condition

NHS Volunteer Responders can help you with shopping, collecting prescriptions or just to have a friendly chat.

For more information, please visit the Royal Voluntary Service website.

Citizens Advice in North and West Kent

New Contact Details: CANWK Advice line telephone number – now free to call

For free, independent, confidential and impartial advice please call

0808 278 7810
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Or email your enquiry to advice@nwkent.cab.org.uk

For more information go to our Citizens Advice page

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