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Coronavirus: Bromley community lifelines

PUBLISHED: 15:21 17 April 2020 | UPDATED: 08:54 20 April 2020

Bromley Civic Centre.     Photo: Bromley Council

Bromley Civic Centre. Photo: Bromley Council

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Information on local volunteer networks, schools, charities and how the Bromley community is supporting you through the Covid-19 crisis

Local volunteer networks

Age UK Bromley continues to offer phone support and can help with shopping and collection of medicines. Call them on 020 8315 1850.

Community Links Bromley is working alongside Bromley Council to allocate volunteers to support vulnerable people during these challenging times. Click here for coronavirus news and advice. To volunteer and help local residents facing self isolation, fill out a form on the Council’s website.

The Mutual Aid support group helps families who are in need as well as elderly, disabled or immunocompromised people access food and complete errands. Visit their website to find the Bromley Facebook group and a list of neighbourhood-specific groups.

Residents can also join Nextdoor, an online neighbourhood hub that connects neighbours.

Bromley Borough Foodbank and Living Well Bromley are currently accepting donations. To find out more or to see what food is urgently needed visit bromleyborough.foodbank.org.uk and livingwell.life/p/food-bank.

Transport links

Bromley South and Bromley North stations remain open with trains operating on a limited service, but you should only travel if your journey is essential and you are a key worker. Bickley and Shortlands stations are also currently open, however the ticket offices are closed until further notice. Rush hours are 5.45am-7.30am and 4pm-5.30pm.

Buses, including night buses, continue to run on a reduced service throughout the week. For more details visit Transport for London or South Eastern.

Local shops, pubs and restaurants

At the time of writing, Wilko on Bromley High Street and Argos at The Mall remain open. The Glades shopping centre is closed, though a few essential goods and services remain open,including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Superdrug and Holland & Barrett.

All large supermarkets and some smaller stores will remain open in Bromley and some will provide special opening hours for NHS staff, the elderly and the vulnerable. Check supermarket websites for details.

All pubs and restaurants are closed except those providing a takeaway or delivery service, including Yasmin Indian in Bromley. Certain services remain open for emergency appointments,including Orchard House Dental Practice in Beckenham, and Orpington Eyecare and Allpets Veterinary Clinic in Orpington.

Schools

Schools in Bromley are closed until further notice for the majority of children. Schools will remain open to children and young people of key workers and vulnerable children -including those under the guidance of social workers or those with educational health and care plans. Parents and carers who are on the list of government designated keyworkers who would like more information should speak to their child’s school.

A link to the government guidelines for schools is available on the Bromley Council website.

School meals are being served in most primary schools for the attending children. Children will receive either meals, food vouchers or food parcels, which contain a week’s worth of ingredients to make lunches, determined by headteachers. Speak to your school for further information.

Religious organisations

Places of worship in Bromley are now closed to the public but many are offering live streams and other online services.

Bromley Town Church is offering special online services every Sunday morning at 10am on their YouTube channel. Visit bromleytownchurch.com to find out more.

Bromley Methodist Church is holding virtual Sunday School and although the church is closed, the prayer chain will continue as normal. Send prayer requests to the office at CollegeRoad, Bromley, BR1 3NS. Visit their Facebook page to find out more.

Bromley Reform Synagogue is holding Saturday services online via their YouTube channel.

BCC Church is offering live streams of Sunday service at 9am as well as online study guides. Visit bcc.church/onlineservice for more information.

Online support

Bromley Council has a coronavirus page on its website with information and advice on a number of subjects including service changes, scams and parking for emergency workers. For more information, click here.

Age UK has extensive coronavirus information for older people available on the charity’s national website.

Essential numbers

NHS:111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

Bromley Council Covid-19 assistance helpline: 020 8313 4484

Bromley Well helpline:(9am-5pm seven days a week) 0300 3309 039


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