Community Enterprises PL12
To support communities
Community Enterprises PL12 Chair’s Report
Our last Directors’ meeting was in February, so I thought a quick update was in order. The current pandemic saw us suspending all our normal activities on March 18th, which seems like such a very long time ago. I summarise below the activities that have taken place over recent weeks, and any future discussions I believe we need to have. This document should be used as a basis for our next Directors’ meeting (which may be a virtual meeting.)
Since 18th March, a group of Directors and Volunteers has been working hard to set up a Coronavirus Action Group (CAG) supporting the over-70s and more vulnerable members of our community who have underlying health issues and are in long-term lockdown. This is currently the only Enterprise actively running.
A Summary of CAG activities
We have set up two emergency phone numbers, and these Helplines have proved to be extremely popular. We are currently supporting around 160 members of our community, with this number rising daily.
We are providing;
*A shopping service.
*A prescription delivery service from Saltash pharmacies. Our volunteers are the official delivery volunteers for Burraton Pharmacy.
*Delivery of jigsaws, books, games & magazines to help alleviate boredom & help with mental health.
*A “phone friends” service to provide regular contact for those self-isolating on their own.
*An advice helpline, answering queries & signposting.
*Emergency food parcels, for those who have slipped through the net & are receiving no help from the Foodbank. (This is a short-term solution & we are working with other organisations to find longer term solutions for the people that need these parcels). This is not limited to over-70s & the most vulnerable, and has helped a number of individuals and families.
* Distributed information leaflets to 6,000 households around Saltash.
* Distributed an information sheet regarding local shops & businesses providing delivery services of essential supplies.
* Distributing quizzes, jigsaws, books and magazines to DV Veterans.
We are working together with other organisations, including the Saltash Foodbank, Citizens Advice, the Railway Kitchen, Waitrose, Volunteer Cornwall, several Saltash schools, Cornwall County Council, and Town & County Councillors. We are registered with Volunteer Cornwall as an organisation providing help.
We are a member of the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum’s “Community Hub” initiative, working with the Voluntary & Community Sector Emergency Response Alliance (VERA). The aim is to bring together voluntary sector, town and parish councils, faith representatives, public health, and Cornwall Council’s CLOs in each area, to support and equip, to escalate issues of concern, and pass on solutions that have worked in other areas. It will also be looking at lessons learned, & how we can implement necessary changes once lockdown has been lifted.
Carol, Jo, Sue & I have put together an active team of about 20 volunteers, which includes care workers, social workers, business owners, town councillors, teachers and lecturers. None of these Volunteers normally volunteer with CEPL12. This has taken a huge amount of planning; use of technology like WhatsApp and Zoom has helped enormously.
Carol has maintained contact with DV Veterans, organising & distributing regular quizzes, signposting, answering queries, & dealing with safeguarding issues.
David has led a funding application to Cornwall Community Foundation, with a little help from Peter T & me, and we have been awarded £1450, which should cover the costs we have incurred. We have also received about £100 from private donations, and generous regular donations of food, books, magazines and games from the public and from Waitrose.
Current expenditure on CAG stands at around £800.
As the lockdown eases, there will be an ongoing need to provide support to the members of the community we are currently helping, & the Coronavirus Action Group will be exploring ways in which we can do this.
We have one vacant room, the smallest one on the first floor, rental approx. £100 pm. However, Citizens Advice have indicated that the splendid room which they use on the right as you go in through the porch entrance could become available. Lots of scope here for imaginative community use. We will be entering into discussions with CAC and other stakeholders about implementing some changes to the ground floor layout. This could signal a new phase in our management of the building.
Some maintenance work will be carried out imminently on the front courtyard, to smarten it up and create an area for storage and to install a bench.
Our sole staff member has been furloughed from 1st April 2020.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has helped during these very difficult and uncertain times. Community spirit is alive & well, and flourishing in Saltash.
The following businesses are currently operating a delivery service for essential items.
Please contact businesses individually, as the situation is changing constantly.
If you know of any other local businesses supplying essentials, please let us know & we will add them to our directory.
Paul Bray’s Butchers,
Will deliver to Saltash on Thursdays.
Minimum payment £20
Milk & more delivered to your door.
Phone them to order & set up an account,
& they accept cheques or bacs payment
at Tamar View Nurseries, Carkeel.
Taking orders for collection but not deliveries
Tamar Valley Meats,
at Tamar View Nurseries.
Open for collection only, not taking orders.
Currently open Tues-Sat 9am – 4.30pm
Steve Brown Butchers,
Taking orders for collection but not deliveries.
07538 432757/ 01752 843753
will deliver fresh fruit and veg & essentials
Will deliver freshly-baked or frozen uncooked pasties
Small minimum order applies.
Fore St Saltash
Staying open for as long as they can! Range of health & wholefoods including gluten-free & vegan
Collection only, no orders taken.
Baker’s Cornish Bakehouse,
Saltash (near Waitrose).
Freshly baked bread & savouries.
currently open to the public 7.30am – 5pm
Veg box fresh
If you need a delivery urgently
are self isolating, vulnerable, NHS staff or have been recommended to stay indoors
Please call emergency hotline number on
Cornish veg boxes
01752 842251 (press option 1)
Saltash-based Cornish Farm Produce have a veg box scheme
Just Eat deliver from local restaurants:
School of Spice,
Foreign Muck were advertising take aways (but may have stopped.)
£12 minimum order and sliding scale of delivery charges
The Bullers Arms,
Takeaway menu on Wednesday & Saturday
Collection, or Delivery charge of £1.50
The Market Plaice Fishmongers
Kernow Pet Supplies
Pet food & supplies
Free delivery in Saltash
Will deliver flowers but also essential items if you drop them into the shop
£5 minimum order
are offering to pick up click and collect orders and deliver goods
01752 905 905
free next day delivery
don’t normally make home deliveries
but will do so in the current circumstances.
Veg in a Box
near Exeter but they do deliver to Saltash area
Free deliveries over £25
Mon to Sun 8am-8pm on
07951 786653 or 01392 877189
good deals for Good Housekeeping, Prima and Country Living and lots more …….
Begs these to have something to look forward to whilst in self-isolation and
all being just £6 for 6months = £1 per mag and each delivered to your home
Callington advertising plenty of veg for collection only though
If you need help from the foodbank the quickest way to reach us is by telephone
We can then direct you to the most appropriate agency to give you a foodbank voucher
0800 328 2124