Mayor’s column 10 September 2020

We’ve seen that lockdown has been hard for many people in lots of different ways. One of the hardest things some people have had to face has been the loss of a job, which in turn means the loss of earnings, and sometimes even the loss of somewhere to live. We know that the government banned evictions during lockdown which gave people a breathing space, and even extended it by one month until the end of September. But if you have no money (you may even be in debt), no food, and nowhere to live, what will happen, then? It’s a frightening prospect, and even more difficult if you don’t know where to turn. Frome Town Council works with several partner agencies within the town who can assist.

Fair Frome helps those who need to access a food bank to survive. To get help from the food bank, you need a referral. These can come from Citizens Advice, Job Centre Plus, Mendip Health Connections, local medical practices, health visitors or social services. Even where offices are closed, telephone lines are open. Fair Frome can’t get food to people simply because they are ill or self-isolating, but they will help those in the direst need: https://fairfrome.org (FTC is still running FruberEats as part of our Covid response should you need assistance, please call 01373 465757)

Fair Housing for Frome is also working hard to offer advice about where you can go if you need help. They set up in table in the Westway Precinct last week, to offer leaflets and advice about who to speak to regarding homelessness, tenants, landlords, and other related topics. If you need further information, head over to their website. https://fairhousingforfrome.org.uk

Please remember on Saturday 12th September, Frome’s Missing Links will be teaming up with Frome Town Council to organise their annual bike jumble. There will be all kinds of bikes, bike parts, accessories, and spares, at bargain prices! From 9am to 3pm, they’ll be by the market / near Frome Library for you to come and have a look at what they’ve got.

I hope you’re able to take advantage of the odd few sunny days they’re predicting for us over the coming week or so, but in the meantime, please stay safe, have a good week, keep your distance and please remember to keep wearing your mask where appropriate.

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