Monday 30th March, 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
  • A call out for help
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Team updates:

  • We added a post about Stroud District Foodbank to our section on Donations, finding grants, fundraising. The Foodbank say “If you’re struggling at the moment and find yourself unable to afford food, please call 01453 367 077 and we’ll advise you how to get a foodbank voucher. Please do not go to our office or warehouse which is closed in order to protect our staff and volunteers. Thank you.” Donate to support this vital work via their website.
  • We’ve updated the way our information and support section is displayed on our website, and will be working to further improve the different sections this week.
  • Inspired by the #ClapForOurCarers event last week (Annemarie Plas’ idea), and taking on board enthusiastic comments and suggestions… we suggest we do it again in Stroud this Thursday 2nd April… with a twist! On 2nd April at 8pm we suggest showing your appreciation for all those among us who are doing essential work – including the nursery workers looking after the children of carers in the NHS and social care… and the shop workers and others ensuring we can get the supplies we need, whether its food, hand sanitiser, or toilet roll! Please share and invite friends to our “#ClapForOurCarers – #SolidarityWithShopWorkers” facebook event.

Call out from the Team

We are still asking anyone involved in a facebook group or neighbourhood/street/road network to help us map which streets have networks. As well as our map of groups and local businesses, we have a “master map” showing streets which have been leafleted, but we know this doesn’t cover all the areas that have been leafleted or are in groups yet. Download our pdf guide to mapping streets in your area.

Local updates:



  • Over 30,000 people (33,106) people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 (3,215 people died since yesterday, but this is a lower increase than the previous day)
  • There are 693,224 confirmed cases globally (an increase of 58,411 since yesterday – a lower increase than the previous day)
  • More people have now died in Spain (6,528) who have tested positive for Covid-19, than have in China (3,310). Only in Italy have more people died (10,781).
  • (above points from the World Health Organisation (WHO) daily Situation Report)

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.