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Coronavirus Support Groups

This list is not definitive as groups are forming on a regular basis.
If you are aware of a group which isn’t listed, please send details to:
[email protected]

Caterham|Valley Action

Crawley|Crawley Covid-19 Mutual Aid

Dorking|Covid19 community support group

Dormansland|Mutual Aid Group

East Grinstead|Mutual Aid Group

East Grinstead|Covid-19 Volunteers

Horley|Lumley Road

Horsham|Covid-19 Support Heron Way

Horsham|Covid-19 Mutual Aid

Horsham|Self Isolation Support

Leatherhead/Bookham/Fetcham|Community Coronavirus Care

Redhill/Reigate|Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group

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Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Horsham District Council

Surrey County Council

West Sussex County Council

Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead

Harlequin Theatre re-purposed as community support centre

The closed Harlequin Theatre has been given a new role as the centre of the Council’s community support initiative.

It has been re-purposed as the centre employed with the organising of essential assistance for vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Council staff have been redeployed from their normal jobs and are joined by volunteers in distributing food, medicines and essential supplies to high risk and vulnerable residents needing to stay at home, as well as to those in severe financial need.

The Council is working with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) to mobilise and coordinate the volunteer response to Coronavirus, and additional volunteers would be most welcome. Anyone wishing to volunteer can register on the VARB website at https://www.varb.org.uk

Cllr Mark Brunt, Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, spoke with Neil Munday about the project:

The Harlequin is not open to the public. If you need support, see the Council’s ‘I need help‘ page or call 01737 276000


Kay Hymas – ‘Reigate and Banstead Writes’ – Update

Organiser Kay Hymas spent the whole of an Afternoon Stroll with David, talking about the history of the ‘Reigate & Banstead Writes’ story-writing competition for school pupils.
The 2020 competition, which opens for entries on 1st February; and the new ‘RH Fringe’ festival in June which is spinning off the original concept.

The current coronavirus crisis has regretably caused the cancellation of the planned launch event for the time being.

However, the competition IS still going ahead with deadline day being extended to 10th April. The organisers are encouraging stories to be sent to [email protected]
Full details can be found HERE.

For more information, please visit:
Website: https://reigateandbansteadwrites.com
Twitter: @RBWrites1

Bin collections during the coronavirus outbreak

The following press release has today been issued by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is working hard to provide vital public services, such as rubbish collections, during the coronavirus outbreak.

Reducing or cancelling some services is helping to free up staff and other resources to focus them where they are needed most.

Council Leader, Cllr Mark Brunt, said: “We need to guarantee regular collections of the rubbish most likely to attract vermin and cause a public health hazard. For this reason, food waste and non-recyclables will be our top priority.

“The cancellation of our bulky waste collections last week and the imminent suspension of the garden waste service will allow staff and vehicles to be redeployed. We do not take these decisions lightly, but I hope people will understand that we have to be pragmatic and I hope they will support the staff carrying out these essential services.”

Garden waste service members have been contacted by the Council by email to confirm that the service will be suspended from Monday 30th March. How this will affect people’s membership, including payments, will be communicated once the details are clear.

Over the next few weeks, staff absence is expected to increase, and residents and businesses will be asked to cooperate where necessary and take note of further changes to their regular services.

Other priorities for the waste and recycling service will be to continue to collect dry mixed recycling from homes for as long as possible. Possible future changes include advising residents to put food waste in their general waste bins and stopping the collection of paper and card recycling from homes.

In the meantime, there are things that everyone can do to help keep bin collections running as smoothly as possible:

  • Protect your bin crews – If your household has a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus you should place all used tissues and cleaning cloths in a plastic rubbish bag and tie it tightly when full. After 72 hours the bag should be then placed in a second bag and tied tightly before being placed in your general rubbish bin.
  • Please put your bins out early and leave them out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Please be considerate when parking your car on a collection day, this will help to ensure the collection vehicles can access your road.
  • Reduce your waste as much as possible.
  • Compact your recycling into bins as much as possible to maximise space and only put bins out when they are full.
  • Start composting at home.
  • If you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, please don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.
    For more information and advice about your rubbish during this time, visit the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

    Please also note that on 24 March 2020, Surrey County Council closed all community recycling centres, including Earlswood Community Recycling Centre following Government advice about coronavirus. They will remain closed until further notice.
    For a full list of changes to all Council services, including the closure of their leisure centres, play areas and the Harlequin Theatre, please visit www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/coronavirus.


    ‘SHE’ in session with Steve Jesson

    ‘SHE’ are are four piece Indie Rock band formed in South East London in 2019.

    Taking inspiration from acts such as Wolf Alice, Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a healthy dose of Pop Punk bands like Sum 41, Paramore and The Offspring.

    ‘SHE’ visited the Susy studios to chat and perform a live classic cover and gave the chance to hear their new single Switch, ahead of their upcoming gig in Dalston on Saturday 29th February.

    More information on the gig can be found at https://www.therocksteady.co.uk/

    Facebook: @shebandlondon