COVID-19 Support

Cornerstone Support

There are lots of ways the Cornerstone Centre is still at work in the heart of our community.

Emergency Food Parcels– Get some simple to prepare food to bide you over a few days while you access other support.

Befriending Service – Get a regular phone call to see how you are doing and have a chat with someone from Cornerstone.

Social Times – The heart of Cornerstone has always been our cafe, this has now moved online.

  • If you are on a phone or tablet then download the Google Hangouts app.  If you are using a computer then just open your normal web browser (e.g. Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc)
  • Click on this link
  • Sign in to your Google Account, or set one up if you don’t have one.
  • Make a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Every weekday at 10:30 to 11:30 you can join us for a video chat.

Neighbours Community Groups – There are now community support groups on Facebook for every road in Whaddon, Lynworth and Priors for your to get to know your neighbours and look out for each other…find your group on our Community Support Page


Wider Support and Useful Contacts

Central Government Help and Support
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), register and tell us whether or not you need support.
You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or hospital clinician. If this has not happened, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.
It may take time for any support offered through this service to arrive. Wherever possible you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you meet your needs.
You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

Gloucestershire Community Help Hub 
The hub has been set up by Gloucestershire County Council to connect local people who need help, with others who can provide the support they need. You can request help for yourself or neighbours by accessing the Help Hub here

Cheltenham Foodbank
The Cornerstone Centre is a registered voucher holder for the Foodbank. If you feel you are struggling to put food on the table, we can issue you with a foodbank voucher. When you contact us we will take some basic details from you to complete the voucher. This will help the Foodbank prepare suitable emergency food for the right number of people.
Once you have been issued with a voucher, you can exchange this for a minimum of three days of emergency food at your nearest foodbank centre.
Elim Christian Centre
115-117 St George’s Road
Cheltenham Glos.
GL50 3EG
Opening times
Wednesdays and Fridays 11am to 3pm

Young Gloucestershire 
Young Gloucestershire has a new service for 16-25’s. The Link Drop-in is now virtual. ‘Link Chat’ allows you to register with one of their Youth Workers who will call you regularly or perhaps just for a chat and a catch-up.
Email to sign up and get a call back.
Or Call 01452 501008
Find out more on their Facebook page

Mental Health Resources
Keeping healthy is challenging at the moment. This includes your mental health and there are lots of resources available to support you.
Every Mind Matters have developed a number of resources and can be accessed here
The Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has also offered advice on dealing with anxiety and what you can do to support your mental health whilst working from home. This can be viewed here.

Citizens Advice
The Citizens Advice has published new advice on help you can get from the government.
Advice so far includes things like:

  • getting essential items and care if you’re ‘extremely vulnerable’
  • paying bills, including your rent
  • getting paid if you can’t work because of coronavirus
  • getting an online isolation note if you need to prove you’re sick
  • taking your children to school if you’re a key worker, for example if you work in the NHS, the police or do food deliveries
  • postponing or cancelling travel arrangements

This can be viewed here

Neighbourhood Watch Scam Advice
Unfortunately, fraudsters are exploiting spread of COVID-19 to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime. Neighbourhood Watch have given some advice on how to avoid falling victim to this. Read the advice here