Category: Whitehead Storehouse

Department for Communities Covid-19 Support

Help available for those needing help with heating and other needs because of Covid 19

Information Provided By Department For Communities

 

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/“We recognise that there is lots of help and support available for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to provide some clarity around the various offerings we have updated our content on nidirect today. I have added the link here for your convenience: Financial help and practical support >>

We are aware that there have been lots of calls to our COVID-19 Community Helpline about support available to keep warm and requests for help with heating and fuel. Indeed we are conscious that many calls are being made to council and other partner organisations too. Whilst there is support available for those struggling to keep warm we wanted to clarify that support varies depending on circumstances and in some cases individuals must meet specific eligibility criteria.

We have outlined the various supports and services available below:

COVID-19 Heating Payment

The Department has put in place a one-off heating payment for those people who are in receipt of Pension Credit, or are in receipt of certain disability benefits (at the higher rates) in recognition of additional costs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eligibility criteria does apply and the full details are available on nidirect. For those who are eligible, the Covid-19 Heating Payment will be a one-off payment of £200 paid automatically into the same account to which they receive their usual benefit payments. The Covid-19 Heating Payment is in addition to any other payments, including the Winter Fuel Payment and will be paid at the end of January 2021. People do not need to apply for this payment.

Find out more about the COVID -19 Heating Payment >>

Discretionary Support

Another avenue of support may be through Discretionary Support. This is support to help those in a crisis situation and who need emergency help or support with living expenses. Eligibility criteria applies and more details can be found in nidirect:

Find out more about Discretionary Support

If you have been advised that you are not eligible for Discretionary Support or any other support including the COVID-19 Heating Payment you should contact the COVID-19 Community Helpline. You will be asked to demonstrate that the need for assistance has arisen as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide evidence that you are struggling to afford heating/fuel costs.

Warm Well Connected

In December we launched the ‘Warm Well Connected’ Programme. There appears to be some confusion around the ‘warm’ element of this scheme with expectations about what it has to offer being misinterpreted.The Warm element aims to provide help and support to those whose wellbeing has been impacted by cold conditions and those in the most extreme need. In some cases help with essential white goods may be available.

Under this programme help is only available for those who have not been able to get help anywhere else and whose finances have been directly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not monetary nor will vouchers be provided. Support will be small in value and only for those in extreme need who are unable to heat their homes by any other means.

Whilst we want to help people as best we can it is vital that those who are in the most extreme need category are supported through this scheme. We would ask that councils and partner organisations are mindful of these factors when signposting individuals as we want to ensure the support reaches those in greatest need.

Cold Weather Payments

In recognition of the cold weather and increased costs associated with heating a home the Department also has in place its Cold Weather Payment. This payment is  triggered as a result of Cold Weather and is paid automatically to those who are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and live in a postcode area where the temperature is, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days.

People can find out more and check if their postcode is in an area due to receive payments triggered by cold weather by going to nidirect.

Information about Cold Weather Payments and Post Code Checker >>

Annual Winter Fuel Payments

In addition to this support you will already be aware of the Annual Winter Fuel Payments made to those people over the age of 65 and these have been and continue to be issued in the normal way. These payments are non COVID related payments. Further Information on Winter Fuel Payments >>

COVID-19 Community Helpline

We continue to operate the COVID-19 Community Helpline and advisers are on hand to connect people to local support networks who can assist with accessing not only fuel but food, medicines and psychological support services. Advice is also available to help tackle underlying issues such as employment, debt, and access to social security support. The helpline has had a significant increase in call volume and emails in recent days many of which are related to fuel.

We would ask that you advise people to visit nidirect in the first instance to check out what help and support is available before contact the helpline. This may assist in getting them the right support much more quickly.”

Thank You Whitehead Storehouse

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/It’s great to see that Whitehead Storehouse has received two lovely comments recently.

One was from someone who received a Christmas parcel last year but doesn’t need one this year because they now have a job and are in a much better place but said they were so grateful to receive the parcel last year as “it really helped”.

The other is an email from someone who received a parcel this year and said, “thank you so much for the wonderful box just delivered to me. Its very much appreciated and welcome in these difficult times.”

Whitehead Storehouse could not help anyone without YOUR help. Thank you so much to all the residents and businesses of Whitehead and further afield who have contributed food, money, vouchers, gifts and time that have enabled the Storehouse to help those who are disadvantaged.

How To Get Food With Support

Advice NI and the Department For Communities have a support pathway mapped out for those who need help to get food. This pathway is valid until 23 September 2020.

The Covid-19 Community Helpline is 0808 802 0020.

Support to help you get access to food may include one or more of 4 options, depending on your needs:

  1. Benefits and debt advice, along with a referral to the nearest free foodbank;
  2. Information on online shopping options with the big supermarkets, like Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Iceland;
  3. Local deliveries from smaller convenience shops, like Spar, Vivo, SuperValu, Centra and Mace;
  4. Try to match you with a volunteer to shop for you.

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Perishable Food Now Available For Distribution

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/Whitehead Storehouse will be able to distribute some donations of perishable goods, such as bread, fruit and bakery items from Thursday 13 August 2020. If you need help with obtaining perishable items like these, please send us a message. You can contact Whitehead Storehouse here through the website to leave a written message, or phone 0759 621 3763 and leave a voicemail message or email us through your own email at whiteheadstorehouse(at)gmail.com.

Update On Stores Delivering Orders

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/Shop Deliveries

A reminder that a number of shops in the area can deliver your orders if you are self-isolating or do not wish to leave the house. More stores can be added if you send details.

With the lock-down, many people will be considering having their goods delivered. The following local stores are providing delivery services to those who do not want to attend the shops. Remember, Whitehead Storehouse can help disadvantaged people and families and is also coordinating help for anyone in the area needing services because they are self isolating or vulnerable. Contact Us here by phone, text or email. You can also volunteer to help Whitehead Storehouse.

Whitehead Spar Shop

The local Whitehead Spar shop carries out food deliveries for free in Whitehead and has done so for several years. The Whitehead Spar can be contacted on 028 9337 2344. Note: deliveries are now being extended further around the local area.

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers, Whitehead

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers can be contacted on 028 9337 2755 and can deliver fruit, vegetables etc for free within the town of Whitehead, minimum spend £5.

Ballycarry  Day Today

For anyone in Ballycarry, the local shop, Day Today can be contacted on 07709814066 for deliveries to your doorstep.

McKee’s Home Bakery, Whitehead

Contact on 028 9337 2429 No Longer delivering, since lockdown eased.

McMaster’s Butchers, Whitehead

Can deliver locally and take payment over the phone. Call 028 9335 3313

Rinkha Islandmagee

Contact 028 9335 3229 and ask for Ross or Harry or email  ross@therinkha.com

Caldwell’s Spar Islandmagee

Contact 028 9335 3261. Orders to be placed between 9am and 11am, weekdays only.

Volunteer With Whitehead Storehouse

Fancy using your one form of daily exercise to help your community? Why not volunteer to help deliver these leaflets to everyone’s home in Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee?

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/Looking after our neighbours and friends is a marathon, not a sprint and not everyone has access to Facebook or the Internet. Your help in delivering these leaflets is crucial in letting them know that help is available for the most vulnerable in our community, as well as the disadvantaged. For those who are physically able and who are not shielding, self-isolating or in a high-risk group, you could help the community by helping us to deliver these leaflets.

Whitehead Storehouse is coordinating deliveries and other help for those who are self isolating, shielding or who need to stay physically distanced from others. If you can help, please contact us by phoning or texting 0759 621 3763. Or you can email us at Whiteheadstorehouse@gmail.com

Thank You Staff And Parents Whitehead Primary School

A great big Thank You to the staff and parents of children at Whitehead Primary School for donating a huge pile of food to Whitehead Storehouse to allow us to provide emergency help to disadvantaged families and individuals in Whitehead and surrounding areas.

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Many Thanks

Shop Deliveries

A reminder that a number of shops in the area can deliver your orders if you are self-isolating or do not wish to leave the house. More stores can be added if you send details.

With the lock-down, many people will be considering having their goods delivered. The following local stores are providing delivery services to those who do not want to attend the shops.

Whitehead Spar Shop

The local Whitehead Spar shop carries out food deliveries for free in Whitehead and has done so for several years. The Whitehead Spar can be contacted on 028 9337 2344. Note: deliveries are now being extended further around the local area.

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers, Whitehead

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers can be contacted on 028 9337 2755 and can deliver fruit, vegetables etc for free within the town of Whitehead, minimum spend £5.

Ballycarry  Day Today

For anyone in Ballycarry, the local shop, Day Today can be contacted on 07709814066 for deliveries to your doorstep.

McKee’s Home Bakery, Whitehead

028 9337 2429 Orders placed before noon will be delivered between 1pm and 3pm the same day. Cash Only service.

McMaster’s Butchers, Whitehead

Can deliver locally and take payment over the phone. Call 028 9335 3313

Rinkha Islandmagee

Contact 02893353229 and ask for Ross or Harry or email  ross@therinkha.com

 

Spar Islandmagee is also understood to be providing deliveries to customers. Their contact details will be added once known.

 

UK On Lockdown

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/Donation Sessions For Whitehead Storehouse Suspended

Following the Prime  Minister’s announcement at 20.30 on Monday 23 March 2020 that the UK is on Lockdown, Whitehead Storehouse has had to suspend the planned donation sessions at the pastoral centre.

Donations of non-perishable items for use by Whitehead Storehouse (the Whitehead food bank) can still be made at the Spar and these will be collected from there.

Getting Your Food Orders Delivered

With the lockdown, many people will be considering having their goods delivered. The following local stores are providing delivery services to those who do not want to attend the shops.

Whitehead Spar Shop

The local Whitehead Spar shop carries out food deliveries for free in Whitehead and has done so for several years. The Whitehead Spar can be contacted on 028 9337 2344.

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers, Whitehead

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers can be contacted on 028 9337 2755 and can deliver fruit, vegetables etc for free within the town of Whitehead, minimum spend £5.

Ballycarry  Day Today

For anyone in Ballycarry the local shop, Day Today can be contacted on 07709814066 for deliveries to your doorstep.

McKee’s Home Bakery, Whitehead

028 9337 2429 Orders placed before noon will be delivered between 1pm and 3pm the same day. Cash Only service.

McMaster’s Butchers, Whitehead

Can deliver locally and take payment over the phone. Call 028 9335 3313

 

 

Volunteer With Whitehead Storehouse

UK NOW ON LOCKDOWN FROM 20.30 23 March 2020

 This post no longer applies!

Deliveries For People Self Isolating

During the corona virus emergency, Whitehead Storehouse will coordinate volunteers and can act as a central point for arranging deliveries of food and other necessities where necessary, to those who are self isolating and unable to use the local shop delivery services. Local shops have let us know that they will do deliveries. Business names and phone numbers for calling to purchase goods and have them delivered can be found by clicking here.

VOLUNTEERS To Deliver To Those Self Isolating

Although a number of shops have said they will deliver goods to customers, there may still need to be some volunteers to help with this, if the numbers requiring deliveries get too high for the shops to manage. Volunteers who wish to help with deliveries to those who are self isolating or unable to go to the shops to get food, should email Whitehead Storehouse at Whiteheadstorehouse@gmail.com and provide the following information:

  • Name,
  • Contact Details,
  • Availability,
  • Whether you have access to a car and
  • Any particular skills you may have

Food Bank

Whitehead Storehouse is the Food Bank for Whitehead, Islandmagee, Ballycarry and Eden. It will remain available to provide emergency food supplies to disadvantaged people in these areas.

Donations For Food Bank

During the current emergency, the Storehouse will open for one hour  from 7pm to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 12 noon to 1pm on Saturdays, starting Saturday 21st March 2020, to receive donations for the food bank, which is running low on essentials for those who need emergency food bank supplies. Cash donations can also be accepted. The Storehouse is located at the Pastoral Centre at Lourdes Church, Victoria Avenue, Whitehead. Donations can also be left at the Spar Whitehead and Islandmagee.

Donation Items Needed

  • tinned fruit,
  • creamed rice,
  • long life juices,
  • coffee,
  • sugar,
  • instant pasta,
  • noodles,
  • cup a soup,
  • baby food,
  • pet food,
  • smash
  • tinned veg and
  • cereals.

CoronaVirus Self Isolating

https://www.whiteheadstorehouse.com/Self Isolation

Some shops in Whitehead and Ballycarry can carry out deliveries to those who are self isolating.

Whitehead Spar Shop

The local Whitehead Spar shop carries out food deliveries for free in Whitehead and has done so for several years. The Whitehead Spar can be contacted on 028 9337 2344.

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers

Foster’s Fruit And Flowers can be contacted on 028 9337 2755 and can deliver fruit, vegetables etc for free within the town of Whitehead, minimum spend £5.

Ballycarry  Day Today

For anyone in Ballycarry the local shop, Day Today can be contacted on 07709814066 for deliveries to your doorstep.

Whitehead Storehouse

As well as acting as the local independent food bank, Whitehead Storehouse can act as a contact for those who may need to self isolate, and who have difficulty using the local shops. If you phone the Storehouse number 0759 621 3763, we can get someone to deliver food or other necessary items to you. When you phone, we can also discuss where any items should be delivered, eg leave them on the doorstep. If you prefer to text us, you can use the same number. Check the contact page if you want to email us.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to help with this effort, you can let us know though the contact page, by emailing, texting or phoning.