The Cathedral has well-established partnerships with a number of local charities whose services are desperately needed in this difficult time of public health emergency.
Below you will find details of each charity, and any updates as to their current situation or requirements.
Chichester District Food Bank
Chichester District Food Bank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis who are referred to them.
Please visit the Foodbank website for further details including their most required items, and information about how to access their services if you need their support. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01243 773687.
An Update from Chichester District Foodbank: "First of all, we would like to give a really huge "Thank You" to all of you who have helped us through the last couple of months, which have been especially challenging for everyone. We have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented level of support and help, including food and monetary donations that we have received in such a short space of time." Read more >>
UKHarvest is a not-for-profit perishable food rescue operation that collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities. They provide assistance to people in need, collecting surplus food from all types of food providers. Their four refrigerated vans currently make food collections and deliveries in and around Hampshire, West Sussex and Arun Districts, including Winchester, Salisbury, Portsmouth, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Brighton, Littlehampton and Worthing.
Update 27 March 2020. UKHarvest has started a new series called The Hairy Harvesters, where they will be posting ‘how to’ videos with their two chefs who have lots of recipes which can easily be made at home. You can watch the first episode here and there will be more to come.
If you are, or know of an organisation that could benefit from receiving free food deliveries please call 0333 305 7777.
Stonepillow provide vital support for homeless and vulnerable people in West in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. They work with over 130 people every single day, empowering them to rebuild their lives and find independent accommodation they can call home. They provide a range of services including day centres, hostels, a recovery service, and supported housing. They also have two charity shops which gives people the opportunity to learn new skills and access education, training and employment.
Please use this link to visit their Wish List to find out what Stonepillow need most urgently at the moment.
The Dementia Connect Support Line remains open every day on 0333 150 3456. For up to date information on dementia and services, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society’s website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Talking Point, the online community, can be accessed for free, night or day, via the website.
Work is in progress to pull together a list of simple actions that anyone can take to support people affected by dementia, particularly focusing on social isolation; many people affected by dementia will be self-isolating and this will be understandably challenging. There is also a new fact sheet available, Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia.
West Sussex Mind
West Sussex Mind is an independent local mental health charity operating in West Sussex. They provide information and support to anyone experiencing mental health issues and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
In Chichester and Bognor, they have a service called COMMUNITIES IN MIND, specifically for people aged 65 plus, who may be experiencing things like anxiety, depression or isolation, especially at this difficult time please call 07495 077 341 for this CIM service.
There are many other services run by West Sussex Mind covering different ages and stages of mental health and wellbeing needs.
This newly-set up group will be working with Midhurst Parish church and the town council to offer medication collection, shopping deliveries, dog walking and other services during the current public health emergency. Please email email@example.com or call 07538 839703 for further information.