Coronavirus - COVID 19 - Latest Updates

Yapton Parish Council is keeping the current local situation with the coronavirus under review. Please see separate page headed "Coronavirus - What's happening in Yapton" for further information. For more information on help available or for contacts to offer help please contact Pippa Greenan (Parish Councillor) on 07879404738 OR  contact the Clerk by e-mail or phone if you require further assistance.


NATIONAL INFORMATIONIf you are a member of the public looking for health advice, go to the NHS website. And if you are looking for the latest travel information, and advice about the government response to the outbreak, go to the website.



A list of useful contacts has been produced to help those looking for food supplies from local businesses, please click here.


Closing certain businesses and venues - GOV.UK Updated information on premises closure - click on link for more information


Information for businesses and traders produced by Arun District Council (Updated 22nd May 2020 - click link to open



How do I join?

Just register here you will then be asked to select from a list of tasks. Once your registration and checks are complete you can download the GoodSAM Responders app. Local volunteer tasks will be pushed to your phone with an alert when you switch the app to ‘on duty’.


The National Lottery Community Fund  - Coronavirus Community Support Fund  open for applications this Friday, 22nd May.

Last week Government’s announcement around further funds to support those organisations supporting vulnerable people and communities during this time.

The National Lottery Community Fund  - Coronavirus Community Support Fund

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

  • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Prioritising funding for communities affected by COVID-19

Prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will share any updates or developments on their website. So please only ask for what you need to support communities during this crisis.

Funding fall into 2 categories

  • Under £10,000
  • Over £10,000

What types of projects they fund?

We want to fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19.

They will prioritise:?? 

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.??

 They are responsible for promoting the welfare and wellbeing of all groups, and working to keep them safe. Anyone who applies for their funding needs understand  National Lottery our safeguarding policy


The West Sussex Communities Team has published the following information and link for those willing to volunteer locally:

Working with the District & Borough Councils, Town and Parish Councils and the voluntary and community sector we are creating a volunteer Hub that amongst other things will capture staff that are freed up due to normal duties being suspended and offers of volunteering that can be deployed to support the vulnerable where gaps and demand exist. 

With offers of volunteering over and above the swell of offers to check on neighbours and do their shopping etc, we are particularly keen to capture peoples skills so we can use them most effectively.

Community Hub

We have now launched our new online community hub, and any residents who either need help, or wish to volunteer in supporting others, can now do so via this platform. All future contact to the Community Hub webpages can be accessed via this link:

Any help in promoting the hub will be most appreciated.

Your support in responding to this email request is greatly appreciated.

This section was updated on the 1st April 2020.


Section updated 22nd May 2020

Regular updates produced by West Sussex County Council by following this link:

We appreciate that at this particular time there is a greater awareness of the potential increase in opportunities and risk to vulnerable people to be victims of crime.

A number of people have been in touch regarding concerns of increase in Scam’s and Domestic Abuse during this particular time so we have pulled together some information that WSCC have disseminated through various platforms over the past couple of weeks.

Please do sign up to and follow WSCC on the Community Safety Facebook and Trading Standards Twitter if you have an account as they will provide regular updates.

WSCC are also producing its Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice email newsletter to Residents who sign up here: 


Help Guide:

We have also pulled provided a number of Facebook links from our Community Safety, Trading Standards and General WSCC pages:

  • Sign up for the Carers Emergency Alert Card today. This FREE scheme helps identify you as a family or friend carer so the person you care for can be supported if you have an accident or are taken ill. 

  • Waste Recycling Sites - We have developed a plan, subject to further government guidance, to safely reopen Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) next week (week commencing 11 May). The date will be confirmed later this week when further guidance on managing the reopening of sites will be released by central government. 


Domestic Abuse Press Article:


West Sussex County Council Community Safety Facebook and Twitter –

If you are not already linked into our Community Safety Facebook pages or twitter this is regularly updated with messages and useful links to support individuals and businesses.






West Sussex County Council Trading Standards

National Trading Standards Scams Team – Friends Against Scams Postcard

This section was updated on 22nd May 2020


IN addition further information and updates are being provided by Arun Disitrict Council by clicking here:


Dispersing Groups/Gatherings

This section gives information on what to do if residents raise concerns that they have seen groups/gatherings.  The link below is Sussex Police page and an FAQ on “Can I disperse groups of more than 2 people”.


Volunteers – how to help safely

There have been a number of communications about keeping volunteers and vulnerable safe during this time with all of the positive community support to help emerging. The Government website produced basic guidance on 26th March that might help answer some questions.


Coronavirus – Guidance on access to green spaces

Guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others.

Published 27 March 2020


Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, and Natural England

People walking through green space.

People walking through green space.

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

Please see the latest government guidance on social distancing.

Please be aware that if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) or at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, then you must stay at home. See the latest guidance from Public Health England.


Together we can save lives - “Our policing services are still delivering safety for you whenever you need them,” says Chief Constable Giles York. Sussex Police is working with its partners in an enormous joint effort to help tackle the coronavirus crisis. See full report here:


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Get Safe Online Advice Re Coronavirus


Dear resident,

You, Coronavirus and staying safe online
We all have enough to be concerned about from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. That’s why our online experts have put together some top tips about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, finances and devices from the scams that are currently circulating. As well as advice about keeping yourself and your organisation protected whilst working from home.
To see more about online safety during this uncertain time visit or take a look at our new online leaflet attached.
Stay well and stay safe online,
The Get Safe Online Team


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