Support for the community
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, a number of support options are available for residents, groups and businesses around Romsey. You can find out more about how to access this support via the information below.
Support for residents
Test Valley Borough Council’s community services partner, Unity, is coordinating the community response in Romsey. They can be contacted either by calling their helpline on 0330 400 4116 or by email at UnityCfirstname.lastname@example.org and can help with a range of requests like prescription collection, running errands or collecting shopping.
The Unity helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays, and is also available for anyone in the wider Test Valley who aren’t sure which group to contact or require additional assistance.
TVBC also has agreed new measures to help families who are struggling to pay their Council Tax because of Covid-19. Further information about this support can be found on their website or by calling the Revenues Service on 01264 368000.
Support for businesses
A range of financial support is also available for businesses, provided both by TVBC and by the government. This includes £330bn of government guaranteed loans, Emergency Response Grants and Small Business Grants of £10,000, as well as a range of other support. Further information and guidance can be found on the TVBC website here.
Support for community groups
For community support groups that are helping respond to the coronavirus pandemic, an Emergency Response Community Grant of up to £500 is available. Applications can be submitted by existing voluntary groups, informal groups established in response to the pandemic, parish and town councils and schools with the funding being able to be used for a range of purposes that benefit the community. Further information and details on how to apply can be found on the TVBC website.
A message from the Chair
Chair of Romsey Future, councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “These are extremely challenging times for both the residents and businesses of Romsey and I know that it is vital that everyone is able to access the help they require. I have been hugely encouraged by the community response we have seen over the past few weeks as people have come together to support their neighbours, friends and colleagues who are in need.
“Work continues to progress on projects like the South of Town Centre Masterplan and we look forward to working with the community in the months ahead.”