Covid-19 information from BAGN

BAGN began before the lockdown in early March 2020, but accelerated quickly to an essential support system for the Crewkerne community when lockdown & shielding came into force

Future plans

BAGN will continue throughout the ever-changing climate of Covid-19, whatever restrictions or freedoms are in place we will continue to support those in need of extra help, regardless of whether Covid-19 is directly contributing to community concerns or if it is a distant memory.

Safe Working

We ensure all our volunteers are working within a Covid Safe environment with increased cleaning of work stations & food preparation areas, wearing masks, signing into the admin office to support the Track and Trace System & discouraging close contact.

We have created exclusive working bubbles for our team of administrative leaders to ensure limited teams are working consistently with one another to reduce unnecessary contact and as a contingency to be able to continue with community support should a volunteer need to isolate.

These expectations extend to community interaction, please be assured that shopping, prescriptions & meals are delivered in accordance with strict Covid-19 safety measures.

Continued community support

Throughout Lockdowns, shielding, tier systems or a return to normality BAGN is legally able to continue supporting the community. As outlined on during the toughest restrictions (Jan 2021 National Lockdown)

‘Meeting others and care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, and not to enable social contact between adults), to provide care for disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, to attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child.’

This advice has remained consistent & we are confident there is no scenario which would stop our community outreach work as the UK Government understand & make legal allowances for those shielding or isolating to benefit from the kindness of their neighbours.

Christmas Hampers

Our amazing volunteers delivered more than 30 hampers to families who needed a little boost this Christmas. Each hamper contained a Turkey, fresh veg, puddings, crackers, mince pies & chocolates, drinks and treats. Everything needed to make a family Christmas dinner. The children in the families also received a present specially picked for them.The BAGN team have been amazed at the generosity of local businesses, supermarkets, schools, churches & individuals whom have all joined together in sending their gifts. BAGN had the joy of bringing a little happiness to the faces of the families we serve. Crewkerne – You have been utterly amazing. Thank you.Here are a few pics from of our volunteers picking up their deliveries.

The Daily Mirror

Included in a round-up of 5 amazing Community Covid Heroes, we are delighted to have been featured and recognised regarding our support for the community on this National Scale in the Daily Mirror online amongst other great organisations which have also selflessly offered help to those in need.

Nearly 1,000 people have benefited hugely from a support system organised by the Rev Stephen Gray.

The Crewkerne Community Church, in Somerset, has made more than 2,000 shopping trips, provided more than 2,000 free meals and made more than 2,000 support phone calls.

It has also launched the Be A Good Neighbour initiative to help those who have been struggling and feeling isolated.

Read the full article here

Crewkerne Charity Featured in Somerset Live

Somerset Live ran an in-depth online feature outlining all the positive community engagement achieved by BAGN so far.

A south Somerset church became an essential support system for nearly 1,000 vulnerable people in the community this year.

The Crewkerne Community Church has done more than 2,000 shopping trips, made more than 2,000 free meals and more than 2,000 supportive phone calls as part of a scheme launched in March.

The pastor of Crewkerne Community Church, Stephen Gray, launched the church’s Be A Good Neighbour initiative before the first national lockdown was even announced.

At the time, they had no way of knowing how essential it would turn out to be to those struggling in the area over the ensuing unprecedented months.

Read the full article here