Rail to Refuge for those Fleeing Domestic Abuse

Rail To RefugeIn April, Broadwindsor.org posted that since Lockdown, calls re: domestic abuse had increased by 50%.  There has been a huge increase in demand for Women’s Aid services and in March the Rail Delivery Group were quick to respond to women’s needs and launched a temporary, nationwide scheme, ‘Rail to Refuge’.
Women escaping domestic abuse are usually advised to seek refuge services far away from their perpetrator. However, for many women, raising the cash to pay for a train ticket can be very difficult. This is especially true for women experiencing economic abuse, who may have no access to cash.

It’s certainly worth mentioning:
“Covid-19 does not cause domestic abuse, only abusers are responsible for their actions.”

How does the scheme work?

  1. A survivor reaches out for support to Women’s Aid*.
  2. Once a refuge vacancy has been confirmed, the survivor will be informed.
  3. Now that the survivor has a confirmed refuge space, the refuge can book a ticket for the survivor so they can travel for free.
  4. After booking the ticket, the refuge can send the ticket and collection details to the survivor via a mobile phone. The survivor can then pick the ticket up from the station using any debit or credit card; they can travel like normal, on a normal ticket, without having to declare the ticket was free or that they are fleeing from domestic abuse.
  5. After Lockdown, Rail to Refuge will continue on Southeastern and Great Western Rail networks.

    *Their LIVE CHAT operates:
    Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm,
    Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm

    or you can email them on: helpline@womensaid.org.uk. (They say they will respond to your email within 5 working days).

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical, but it is always abuse and just as high risk as physical violence. To read more on what constitutes Domestic Abuse – Click HERE.

If you need to talk to someone – the following support is available by telephone:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline0808 2000 247www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ (run by Refuge)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect)
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123

Samaritans - 116 123

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #RailToRefuge #WomensAid #DomesticAbuse

 

 

Check-in to All Palmers’ Pubs

Palmers AlesSupporting the NHS Test and Trace team respond to any local Coronavirus outbreaks, Government guidelines require drinkers to leave their contact details.  Palmers have updated their website so customers – including The White Lion in Broadwindsor – can either enter their details online or ‘check in’ by scanning a QR code at the door.
The form asks for:

  • Your first and last name.
  • Your email address.
  • Your ‘phone number.
  • Which pub you are going to.

Details will only be stored for 21 days and will be accessed if they are requested by the ‘NHS ‘Test and Trace‘ team.

It takes less than a minute to fill out and personal details will not be used for marketing purposes.
Complete their Test and Trace HERE.

QR Barcode A QR code is similar to a barcode, as shown in the photo.  you can get a Q Reader app in the App Store for iPhones or at GooglePlay for Android devices.

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #NHS #PalmersBrewery #TheWhiteLion

Broadwindsor News Back In Publication

Broadwindsor News July 2020The Broadwindsor News is now out – being delivered to households who subscribe and there should be some available in the shop.
Containing lots of updates from village organisations, this edition also includes Margery Hooking’s ‘Broadwindsor in Lockdown 2020′ poem.

You can download the poem to your computer in PDF format: BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020
or you can read it below . . .

BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020 

Nature, you were never lovelier,

when the world stopped, but the Earth kept spinning.

And then the world turned upside down, freedom could not be found

We all became experts at social distancing – no grandparents would be visiting.

Sunshine, birdsong, a much quieter life but life still went on.

Thursday night clapping for our hard-pressed carers,

a ripple of applause from one end of the village to the other.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Business booms at the community shop

as sales of fruit, veg and alcohol go pop.

Takeout drinks from the pub

and Vikki’s quiche and coleslaw in the shop.

The Tuesday night chip van at Comrades Hall,

Friday morning Post Office, chairs six feet apart.

Anxiety calmed by WhatsApp and Zoom, meeting family and friends by the touch of a button.

People chatting with new friends while standing next to bollards in the shop queue.

Heart attacks, cancelled operations, masks, gloves and Perspex screens.

Food deliveries for the vulnerable.

Our church went blue for the NHS.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

And we had time to just be with the one we love without duty or obligation stealing the day.

Doing all that we can to keep a company viable,

sorting wages and furlough staff, all reliable.

Farmers cut the fields for silage and tractors trundled through the village.

Up on Lewesdon Hill, bluebells didn’t know about coronavirus.

VE Day flags and afternoon tea outside our homes.

Socially distanced wildflower planting – digging, sowing and watering.

A beautiful sight to welcome visitors to our village when all this has passed.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Lock down with the family – fantastic at the start, learning through the struggles, stresses and worries, tears, laughter and love.

Dusting flour from my hands, I pick up my book;

to bake or read, my lockdown dilemma.

There’s only one village in the west for me, Broadwindsor is the place I love to be.

It’s music at one and clapping at eight to rid us of the virus we love to hate.

Virtual Bananagrams, with gin, on Skype; virtual birthday parties on Zoom; virtual running – for medals – on Strava.

Virtual life.

The village roads, now used much less, speeds traffic onward faster;

too fast for the slowworm outside the shop, who is now not just slow, but flatter.

The sun beckons and mocks. Enjoy what you have, count your blessings.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

The church buildings are silent, dusty, locked, empty, paused.

God is active, loud, renewing, unrestricted, present, recreating and filling us every day.

Time to listen to the birds, watch the flowers grow, to smell the air, walk up the hill and to be still.

The warmth, love and friendship uncovered and blossoming as we all work together through this strange, uncertain  time.

House quiet, headphones on, five laptops glowing, each immersed in our own virtual business and learning,

waiting for the next punctuation point in days we can’t name.

Then kettle on, frisbee out, meals prepared, conversation flows, reconnected again.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Free loo rolls from the village shop. The kindness of strangers.

And then a huge blue ball hurtles down the road, like the ever-present Rover bubble in The Prisoner.

A small army of tireless volunteers, stacking, selling, delivering.

Painting, writing, reading, decorating – my furniture has never been so upcycled.

The village phone box becomes a book exchange, tales of a community bound up on donated shelves.

Take-outs from the pub, food and drink, got to keep it going.

The call of rooks from their satellite rookery at the Old George,

while the parish councillors discuss village affairs over Zoom.

The space station goes over, the sun’s fading light makes it glow for all to see.

Endless sunshine, we will never see this blue a sky again.

The Sound of Music on the World Service and Desert Island Discs.

Slippers or flip flops worn all day.

The garden glorious in all this sun.

A tank of petrol lasts for months.

A time of reflection for the things that really matter. The birdsong and beautiful countryside.

Teaching the children, online bitesize that doesn’t bite back.

A fish van arrives in the Square at half past eleven, a shoal of customers in single file down the road.

Gardens and allotments provide solace and colour.

The Sound of Music at one o’clock

Afternoon briefing, highlight of the day.

What day is it, by the way?

– Margery Hookings, June 2020

Any Symptoms – Stay At Home – Get Tested

Gov.ukDo not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Anyone with symptoms MUST get tested and MUST self isolate at home.
Check the NHS website if you think you have symptoms – HERE.

#StaySafe StayAtHome #Covid-19 #GetTested #NHS #SaveLives

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Covid-19 Support for the Self-EmployedWho can claim?

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and:

  • you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
  • you traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
  • you intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • you carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

Your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus if, for example:

  • you’re unable to work because you:
    • are shielding
    • are self-isolating
    • are on sick leave because of coronavirus
    • have caring responsibilities because of coronavirus
  • you’ve had to scale down or temporarily stop trading because:
    • your supply chain has been interrupted
    • you have fewer or no customers or clients
    • your staff are unable to come in to work

There is an online tool you can use to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.  You’ll need your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) and your National Insurance number – Start HERE.

For further information – Click HERE

#StaySafe #StayAtHome #SaveLives

 

* Stay at Home! *

To be clear, you should only leave your home under the following circumstances:

– Shopping for necessities (ideally one person and not as a family)
– One form of exercise per day on your own or as part of a household
– Medical reasons
– Travel to and from work if you must.
All gatherings of more than 2 people (unless you are part of the same household) are now banned.
The police will have the power to enforce this.
All events except funerals are now banned (e.g. Baptisms and weddings).
Please keep everyone safe and adhere to these guidelines.
Outside of your household you should avoid contact with anyone (unless your career requires it).
Do not ignore these rules to see a friend or another member of the family.
We are already on the same path as Italy, if not further along, the sooner we deal with this, the more lives can be saved.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus