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East Ilsley Parish Council are doing everything they can to help protect our village during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

This page contains all the information you need from us, West Berkshire Council, The Downland Practice and the various local businesses who are diversifying during this time.

The Emergency Response Team
We have 27 volunteers, all fit and healthy (and verified residents of East Ilsley) working with us to provide you with essential services such as collecting shopping, picking up medications, processing repeat prescriptions, running errands, dog walking and even giving you a friendly phone call if you need to chat.

To contact them, you will need to call the clerk on 01635 228104 or 07912 565665. You can also email clerk@eastilsley-pc.gov.uk if that is easier. We will arrange for a volunteer to make contact with you and they will call to discuss what you need.

We are only accepting cheque or bank transfers for costs of shopping as there is an infection risk with cash. Please talk this through with your assigned volunteer.

The Downland Practice
The Emergency Response team have be assigned Wednesday as their allocated pick up date for all medications in East Ilsley. Repeat prescriptions are being entered automatically into the system so you will always receive your medications each month. Please note they are only offering one month of medication at a time, they need to protect the supply chain as much as possible during this time.

Opening Hours are Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 1pm and 2pm to 5pm at Chieveley. Compton are opening on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 12pm.

Valerie Jerome – Optometrist in Newbury
Broken specs? Eye trouble? Still in lock down? Worry no more because during the global pandemic Valarie Jerome, owner of Valarie Jerome Optometrists, Newbury’s newest independent opticians at the corner of Northbrook Street and Park Street, is offering at home or in clinic spectacle repairs free of charge to not only her patients but anyone in the community. She can do house calls and some repairs at the doorstep. Again, this is at no charge as a service to the Newbury community during this crisis when many are isolating at home.

She is also offering an additional service – an online video consultation. This service is very useful to those suffering from vision loss and eye health conditions who are seeking an expert opinion without leaving their home. Many eye conditions can be managed with the optometrist and may not involve a trip to the hospital eye clinic.

While opticians are not offering routine eye examinations, some essential eye issues such as broken glasses and replacement glasses or contact lenses are still available. You can get a hold of her at 07771 933898 or email is valarie@drvalariejerome.com

West Berkshire Community Hub
You can also contact the Community Hub by emailing them at westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk or call them on 01635 503579.
Mon – Thu 8.30am to 5pm Fri-Sun 8.30am to 4.30pm.
More information can be found on their website here: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-communityhub

2020-03-26 WBC COVID Residents Leaflet A5_20

2020-04-17 (3.) Public Health Advice Leaflet

West Berkshire Youth Hub
The West Berkshire Youth Hub has been launched to help the young people, families and agencies in West Berkshire through the COVID-19 lockdown.

It is a virtual and telephone-based ‘one stop shop’ giving access to activity groups, resources, support agencies and volunteering opportunities still available at this time. The telephone support service will be staffed from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with access to out of hours support, and young people are encouraged to get in touch with us to be informed about local activities, such as local youth groups, sports and drama clubs, which have moved online but may not be known to all. They will also be linked with appropriate, relevant and safe networks for the foreseeable future through lockdown and as restrictions are lifted.

While this service will not replace any other emergency service or out of hours team, where appropriate, young people will also be able to be referred to one of Berkshire Youth’s youth workers and other specialist agencies for specific support, while any request of need identified for this level of intervention will be referred or reported to appropriate safeguarding teams.

If successful, the Youth Hub service will be rolled out across Berkshire and then used as a blueprint to support youth services across the UK.

Who can use it?
West Berkshire young people, families/carers and agencies, each with their own separate button linking to further resources and information. See flyer below.

West Berkshire Youth Hub Flyer

Reasonable Excuses to leave your Home
The Police have put together this handy guide to help you identify what is classified as a ‘reasonable excuse’ to be outside your home. You can view it here: Reasonable Excuses to be out and about