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Preparing for coronavirus - volunteers

Dear friend,
I know there is deep concern across our community about the spread of coronavirus, but that there are also many people asking how they can help. This is not a time to panic, but a time to prepare.
The Prime Minister has just given a statement calling for a "wholehearted national effort" of volunteering across the country over the coming weeks as our public services come under unprecedented strain. He said:
“We will all be thinking about our elderly relatives … our neighbours and everything we can do to protect them over the next few months. We’re going to need to mobilise millions of people to help and support each other."
We do not yet know how significant restrictions will be across Croydon following the increasing spread of coronavirus across the country.  I have included today’s updated advice at the bottom of this email. I urge people to continue to follow advice from government and medical experts.
Though not confirmed today, potential future measures include closing schools and halting gatherings such as religious services or sporting events.  Older people or those with underlying conditions may need to self isolate.  This will create significant challenges. Families who currently get free school meals may struggle if schools are closed, older people may struggle to get the food they need.
In advance of any significant issues in terms of the community, I am gathering a database of people who may want to be in a position to help with voluntary work that may become necessary, such helping ensure elderly people have the supplies they need at home.
If you would like to go on a database of volunteers, please click here:


If volunteers are required, I will pass on requests from organisations which are looking for help.  We don’t yet know the nature of what will be needed, and if things deteriorate, new advice may mean that we are unable to mobilise in a significant way. But I want us to be prepared. That way we can help ensure there is coordination at what will undoubtably be a challenging time.
If you would like to be kept in touch about any support you can provide, please click here:


All best wishes,

Sarah Jones
Member of Parliament for Croydon Central


From Friday:

  • All people with flu like symptoms - a fever above 37.8 C or a persistent cough - should self-isolate (stay at home, away from other people) for seven days
  • All school trips abroad will be banned
  • Older people and those with pre-existing health conditions should not go on cruises

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read our advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
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