Coronavirus Crisis

Fulford Parish Council re-opened all of their Play Areas situated at Grindley Park from Saturday 4th July 2020. To ensure you are ready to use this Play Areas safely please read these simple instructions and plan ahead for safe fun.

1. Parents must read this guidance and ensure their families follow it carefully for the safety of their children and others.

2. This equipment is checked regularly for damage, wear and tear, but is not sanitised or disinfected.

3. This is shared equipment, used at your own risk.

4. Do not use this equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.

5. Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering this play area.

6. Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum before and after using the play area.

7. Encourage children to avoid touching their faces.

8. You MUST maintain social distancing from others unless they are from the same household – current advice is to maintain at least 1m and consider wearing a face mask.

9. Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing. Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment.

10. Try to avoid busy times. 

11. If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – DO NOT LITTER. 

12. Wash your hands when you get home. 

We hope you enjoy using this play area and thank you for helping to keep everyone safe by following these simple instructions.



07934 915 653 

Fulford Parish Council has formed a Coronavirus Action Group where Councillors and Volunteers from across the Parish come together to help those most in need, whoever they may be.

Forming this group means that we are all coordinated in our efforts and safeguard each other as much as possible. It is essential everyone feels safe and secure in such an operation.


The Parish Council newsletter has been hand delivered across all the parish, click: CORONAVIRUS NEWSLETTER

What we can help with

Collecting or handing in prescriptions.

Grocery shopping (order/delivery)

A friendly chat on the phone

Posting Mail

Urgent Supplies

Here is a brief update on the progress of the Fulford Parish Council Community Action Group.

Update 1st July 2020

Foodbank: As you'll be aware from our previous bulletins we had a food bank set up at St Francis Church - Meir Heath. This was operated Mon-Fri 12pm - 2pm. We had so many donations from kind people throughout the parish which helped 12 regular families. One of our service users was referred to the safeguarding team at Stoke-on-Trent Council. The reason for this is because prior to our intervention she was consuming cat food and living without electricity.

The reason we started our own temporary food bank was that the referral agencies had closed due to the pandemic. However, as these agencies have now started to re-open we have closed our foodbank and transferred the remaining food to the Trussell Trust foodbank in Blurton.

Our 12 regular service users will still be supported through negotiation with the Trussell Trust.

The Trussell Trust has an amazing operation based out of the Blurton area HQ. It was quite eye-opening and emotional to have a tour of their facility today and see and hear just how many families per month are in need (over 1000)!!!!!!!

A huge THANK YOU to each and every volunteer that has assisted with this foodbank and the indirect difference you have made to peoples lives.

Update - Tuesday 12th May 2020   

  • Numbers: We have now assisted 215 parishioners across the parish with their needs. If we include repeat visits then we have completed well over 325 individual requests which is amazing!!!!  
  • Food Bank: The food bank is going well and we've now assisted 13 service users from individuals to family groups. The schools in our Parish and just on the border have been contacted to highlight the service should any of the family's on school vouchers require slightly more assistance.      
  • Awards:We've received some fantastic news! The Community Action Group has been nominated several times by residents for the 'Our Heroes' awards that The Sentinel host each year.  Additionally, we have also been nominated for a 'Good Neighbour' award via the Nextdoor app (social media for communities).

Update - Wednesday 6th May 2020

  • Numbers: We have now assisted 201 parishioners across the parish with their needs. If we include repeat visits then we have completed well over 300 individual requests which is amazing!!!! The bulk load of our service users are as expected 70+ but in 'normal' circumstances the majority are active. We do have service users between the ages of 5yo - 70yo as well who are isolating due to serious health problems. 
  • Food Bank: The food bank is going well and we've now assisted 9 service users from individuals to family groups. The schools in our Parish and just on the border have been contacted to highlight the service should any of the family's on school vouchers require slightly more assistance.  
  • Easter Eggs: We donated all of the Easter Eggs (over 150) including a giant 2ft+ egg kindly donated from people across our parish to the Royal Stoke Children's Unit. Steve Rushton, Manager of University Hospitals of North Midlands Charity said: “On behalf of everyone at University Hospitals of North Midlands, I’d like to say a big thank you to members of Fulford Parish Council Community Action Group for their incredibly kind donation of Easter Eggs and chocolate in support of our staff. As an NHS Charity are working hard to make sure all our hardworking frontline staff are supported with not only essential items but treats like this which are beneficial to their wellbeing and a boost for morale. We are fully aware of the service the parish council are offering and we couldn't be more impressed with the professionalism and level of support - THANK YOU”
  • Birthday Surprise: One of our regular service users Mr Ridge from Meir Heath celebrated his 92nd birthday. Sadly his family we unable to join him from New Zealand or London due to the 'lockdown'. Mr Ridge is a fantastic character with fantastic stories of the local area from days gone by as well as his time in the RAF during WWII. As he was feeling upset that he couldn't celebrate with his family a few of us decided to pay him a surprise visit with a great birthday cake made by one of our volunteers - (Thank you Katie E). We held banners and via two-metre distancing stood throughout his garden whilst we sang happy birthday. Mr Ridge said; "Wow Dan what an absolute shock and wonderful surprise. I feel so very lucky to have such wonderful support from people I now consider my friends. I can't get over what a wonderful and touching surprise you gave to me". Mr Ridge's daughter was able to video call from New Zealand to top his day off and sent us her own special thank you for looking after her dad.


  • Numbers: We have now assisted 117 parishioners across the parish with their needs. If we include repeat visits then we have completed 162 requests which is amazing! Blythe Bridge received a postcard drop on Sunday and since then calls have picked up. 
  • Loneliness Buddies: The more calls we take the more it becomes apparent that this pandemic is increasing the feeling of loneliness throughout the parish. A higher number of calls than is acceptable has involved the person on the end of the phone crying because they have no family or 'friends' they can talk to. These calls have gone on to last over an hour. As well as helping these residents with their primary request (shopping/prescription) we have now buddied them up with the same volunteer each week and put them on the call list for a welfare check. The response has been excellent and they now look forwards to their visit/phone call. This area of concern will also form part of the legacy conversations around what happens 'after' the pandemic.   
  • Food Bank: The food bank is going well and we've now assisted 4 people. The schools in our Parish and just on the border have been contacted to highlight the service should any of the family's on school vouchers require slightly more assistance. 
  • Easter Eggs: We've had a fantastic response to our Easter Egg appeal for the Royal Stoke Children's Hospital with well over 100 Easter Eggs being donated. We'll be looking to deliver these soon when we can agree on a safe process with the hospital.


  • Numbers:We have now assisted 103 parishioners across the parish with their needs. If we include repeat visits then we have completed 137 requests which is amazing! Calls continue to come in every day and with the recent postcard drop to some properties to remind them of our services we are receiving new calls.  
  • Safeguarding: We have had 3 safeguarding concerns highlighted to us during our efforts. 1 Parishioner living in unsafe conditions, 1 parishioner unable to access food and 1 mental health. All of these residents have been and continue to be supported and have been referred to the relevant agencies for extra support.   
  • Food Bank: Today has been the second operational day of the food bank which has been set up well. Several people have made some sizeable donations. Two people have already accessed the service for their food during times of hardship that they are facing. We will be kept in contact with these residents to help signpost them to other agencies where necessary.  
  • Easter Eggs: After seeing our appeal a member of the public has donated a huge Easter Egg c. 2ft to our appeal for the children and staff at the Royal Stoke Children's Unit to be donated at the end of the month. In total, we now have about 50-60 eggs but please keep them coming.


Numbers (Service Users): 84 (114 with repeat users) 

  • Numbers (Volunteers): 123 
  • Shops: Queues at the shops remain long and were particularly busy good Friday and Saturday. Monday is also likely to be rather busy after the closure on Sunday. Availability seems to have become better of the past week of core items. However, eggs, flour and anything remotely anti-bacterial (Minus spray) seem to still be short.  
  • Food Bank: Our foodbank will begin Tuesday 14th April between 12noon and 2pm at St Francis Church. If you could volunteer for a shift on one of the days Mon-Fri going forward that would be great. We don't envisage crowds of people at all but it would be sorting any donations that arrive and recording details. Social distancing will be implemented between the two volunteers on duty each day and further distancing measures between possible members of the public. If you can do a regular day each week please let your coordinator know.   
  • Easter Eggs: We are starting to receive some donations of Easter Eggs which will be kindly donated to the Royal Stoke Children's Unit patients and staff. These will be collected until the end of April. If you wish to donate please let us know and write a message if you'd like to for the patient/staff member. Please also share on your personal social media pages and lets get collecting. These can be dropped off between 12noon and 2pm Mon-Fri at St Francis Church or can be collected. Again let your coordinator know.


Support Given: We have now helped 77 residents across the Parish with the largest volume of calls coming from Meir Heath and Fulford.  

  • Volunteers: We now have 116 volunteers enrolled to help when needed. These cover phone call only volunteers to shopping and prescription runners. 
  • Food Bank: From Tuesday 14th April there will be a donation point for food items at St Francis Church - Monday - Friday 12noon - 2pm. This will be manned by 2 volunteers each day in a large ventilated hall Volunteers will not be within 2m of each other. If you can help on any given day please inform your local coordinator:
    (Fulford - Dawn Roberts), (Saverley Green - Katie Elliff), (Meir Heath - Gareth Brunt), (Rough Close - Dan Cooke), (Blythe Bridge - Alec Sandiford). 
  • Shopping: Please ensure you are taking a copy of the receipt (Photo is fine) for your regards to safeguard you and the resident in the event of a change error.  
  • Easter Eggs: As an NHS Medic we are currently inundated with offers of food and toiletries which of course is very welcome but sadly much is not being used. Therefore we are looking for donations of Easter Eggs until the end of April so that on behalf of the Community Action Group we can donate the collection to the children and staff at the Royal Stoke Children's Unit. This is a difficult time, due to the current situation many families are not able to be together. So any bit of cheer we can deliver is worth it for all. Please share this across any social media. Eggs can be collected from peoples homes (Distancing of course) by calling 07934915653.


Numbers - we have now helped 63 vulnerable and isolating people across the Parish with all wards now having made requests. 

  • Volunteer numbers have slowed but still coming in, we now have 109 volunteers 
  • Reminder postcards of the Community Action Group have now been given to each ward and many have already been posted to those considered most at risk. 
  • We have now received 4 donations of large food parcels and 10 Easter Eggs. We are just finalising details around insurance before the 'food bank' is launched.


Fulford Parish Council Community Aid Group updates


To date, across the Parish, we have now helped 52 residents and have nearly 100 volunteers which is exceptional.

W/C 6th April - we will be doing a door drop of postcards to the houses we think are most vulnerable to reinforce the message to stay home and use our services. We have taken delivery of three very generous food and toiletries parcels for distribution amongst the most in need. Comments still continue to be extremely positive from our service users. Parishioners should volunteer or request help through the Council so we can safeguard everyone as best as possible.