‘Amazing’ volunteers help South Downs villagers cope with the coronavirus outbreak

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Amazing community volunteers are going the extra mile to provide support and supplies to people in West Chiltington and Nutbourne.

The South Downs villagers have pulled together to support each other amid the coronavirus crisis.

A small group banded together in mid March to form the West Chiltington and Nutbourne Action Group to prepare for the challenges of Covid-19 by mobilising the community.

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They began by delivering 1,700 leaflets to all homes in the area. Said a spokesman: “We had a truly amazing response from our community with over 70 volunteers offering to help their fellow residents.”

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A volunteer register was set up with a database of self-isolating and vulnerable residents.

Helplines were also established running six days a week from 10am - 3pm via a team of 15 volunteers.

A daily pick-up and delivery service was organised from four local stores and three pharmacies with 42 volunteers working on a rota basis.

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The village shops - NISA, Post Office Stores and West Chiltington Butcher - have also worked heroically to keep customers supplied.

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In early April, the village was divided into 12 areas each with a designated area volunteer who made themselves known to registered residents that contacted the helplines to identify specific needs, provide a weekly friendly call and act as a conduit for information.

A book and DVD library has recently been set up from donations and these are also now delivered free via the delivery team.

The villagers also have a dedicated Facebook group and have just launched a website www.wcanag.org

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The action group is registered as one of the 27 recognised HUBs within Horsham District Council area and and has become a key part of the wider national effort.

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