Santa is coming! Yes, it is only May!

Sunday, 24th May 2020

THE big man in red is coming to Tamworth this week – yes you heard that right.  Although you may feel like you have been in lockdown for months, we have checked and it is definitely only May!

One person who can go out during lockdown is Santa (No Dominic Cummings, you are not Santa!), and so the big man himself has decided to come to Tamworth from his Hawaiian holiday retreat to help the good boys and girls of Tamworth.

With the help of Tamworth Round Table, Santa will be touring the streets this week to collect food and hygiene items for Tamworth Self Isolation Support Group (TSISG).

Earlier today we reported the local support group which was started in Tamworth as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic and Government lockdown has been growing from strength to strength.

One of the things the support group has been doing to help Tamworth residents is to deliver packages of food and personal hygiene products to those in need.

Of course, this is where you come in – you can donate to Santa this week and the goods will be taken to the TSISG HQ.

The helpers at Tamworth Round Table will be in four areas within the Borough this week – but they ask that you follow some very important rules to ensure their plans can go ahead.

Their plea to residents:
  • Stay on your property to view Santa and the sleigh.
  • PLEASE leave your donations in plastic bags at the end of your drive – do not hand them to helpers.
  • DO NOT follow or approach the sleigh or helpers.
  • DO NOT gather on the roads/footpaths to view the sleigh.
  • DO NOT travel to see the sleigh.

Unfortunately, if these rules are not adhered to, the group will be forced to abandon the route for health and safety reasons.

Please note that the volunteers can not accept cash donations – this can only be done during their December route as a license is required and this takes some time.

The routes

Tuesday 26 May
Belgrave – Birds Bush Rd. Nymet, Purbrook, Redlake, Romney, Rothey, Ryton, Shannon, Seaton, Tarrant, Lindores Rd, Lyon Drive, Garten Close, Gowan Close, Lyon Drive, Harrow Close, Lindores Rd, Lowes Dr, Morton Close, Lowes Dr, Leyen Rd, Lyon Drive, Laggan Close.

Wednesday 27 May
Coton Green – Fontenaye Rd, Cromwell Rd, Scimitar Close, Fir Tree Close, Maddox Close, Willoughby Rd, Roman Way, Robinson Close, Mercia Close, Roman Way, Norman Close, Roman Way, Lanchester Close, Edgar Close, Roman Way, Compton Road, Athelstan Way, Danelagh Close, Falna Crescent, Bloomfield Way, Kipling Rise, Browning Close.

Thursday 28 May
Comberford Rd, Wiggington Lane, Gillway Lane.

Saturday 30 May
County Drive, Westmorland Close, Surrey Drive, Suffolk Way, Somerset Close, Rutland Drive, Norfolk Drive, Hereford Way, Hampshire Close, Durham Close, Dorset Close, Devonshire Drive, Cumberland Drive, Cornwall Avenue, Yenton Close, Bitterscote Lane, Crutchley Avenue, Morgan Road, Bitterscote Lane, Aitken Close, Suton Avenue, Milo Crescent, Sutton Avenue, Colbourne Rd, Crutchley Avenue.

Although these are the only routes planned at the moment, if all goes well, more routes may be put on.  Please remember that everyone involved is a volunteer and is giving up their own free time.

Anyone who misses Santa and his sleigh can still make donations of food and items direct to TSISG, 7-days a week to the Sacred Heart on Silverlink Road, Glascote.  Alternatively, you can give financial support by donating on their JustGiving page.

About TSISG

As a Country, we entered Government lockdown on 23 March – two months ago. This bought about self-isolation for a large number of people with pre-existing health conditions – some of which, need support.

Unfortunately, for some of the more vulnerable in society, this has meant isolation in the most extreme sense – people have gone days or weeks without any human interaction whatsoever.

In addition to the physical isolation, the lockdown has meant that some people have been unable to get out of their homes to collect even the most basic of supplies – such as food or personal hygiene items.

Of course, as the lock-down lasts longer, more and more families are needing support.  Some people have been lucky enough to be retained by their employers on a furlough basis, but some people have found themselves out of work.

The reduction or loss of income to families who were perhaps just ‘getting by’ before, now find themselves in an unmanageable position and needing help more than ever.

Fortunately, a group of community-spirited volunteers in Tamworth have come together to not only help with supplies, but to also lend an ear for people to talk to, and to be there – perhaps not in person, but at the end of a phone.

Tamworth Self Isolation Support Group (TSISG) is a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds who have stepped up for the sake of the wider community.

We popped along to meet some of the group yesterday morning (Saturday 23 May), a day which marks two months since lockdown and we spoke to Councillor Paul ‘Brina’ Brindley who was the founder of the group.

Brina said how Lee Bates and his team at Communities Together CIC were operating the telephone support line from 10 am – 5 pm every day; a number that anyone that is in need can call on 01827 59646. People can even just call for a chat if they are feeling lonely.

This number can also be used by anyone who knows someone who they think could benefit from the services of TSISG – whether it be that they need food, need a prescription collecting, or even a jigsaw to keep their mind active.

The team on the phones also act as a signposting service to other agencies, so if they feel another organisation may be better suited to help – they can assist by making a referral or passing contact details on.

How you can help…

If you would like to support the group, you can drop off food or hygiene items, 7-days a week to the Sacred Heart on Silverlink Road, Glascote.  Alternatively, you can give financial support by donating on their JustGiving page.

You can also take a look at their Facebook page, here you can stay up to date with what they are up to and see if there is anything specific they need.

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Here at Tamworth Informed, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all NHS Staff, Care Workers, Emergency Service Workers, Shop Staff and anyone else helping to keep us safe, healthy, fed, watered or connected to vital services during this difficult time. Please stay safe and look after each other.

Tamworth Informed Editor
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