Local sources of practical help and support

Oving Parish Community Watch – offering support to the parish of Oving, including Colworth, Drayton, Merston, Oving and Shopwyke

St Andrew’s Action Group – offering support to those in Oving village.
If you would like to receive or offer help, please email or call 07973 614334 between 9am and 5pm.

West Sussex County Council Community Hub – find help or volunteer to support others during the pandemic.

Join the Facebook group Chichester Covid-19 Mutual Aid where you can request help.

Follow the Facebook page Oving Community – West Sussex to see and share local businesses that are delivering food and produce.

See our Local Businesses page for current (18/04/20) information on local companies who are delivering food and produce locally

Register on the Government website in order to get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person.

Advice from WSCC for those who may be suffering domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic, including helpline numbers.  Also see the advice leaflet provided by our Community Wardens

Foodbank – contact 01243 773687 – delivery only – donations needed.

Social Fund – advice on budgeting loans and advances for those on benefits

Chichester at Home have put together a free directory of local businesses delivering to the community

Information sources

Chichester District Council Coronavirus information including information on service limitations and changes.

NHS 111 website – for information on what to do if you think you have  coronavirus symptoms.

Government website providing all information and advice on Covid-19 including vehicle MOT, Social Distancing, Education, Domestic Abuse, Vulnerable Adults & Children, etc.

Tools to help you stay in touch

Wired.co.uk article comparing various apps for video conference and chat.

WhatsApp – video call from your phone or tablet, using your wifi

Facebook Messenger video and voice calls

Ofcom advice on how to stay connected during the coronavirus

Other sources of support

Mind, the mental health charity

Mental Health – how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Samaritans, offer 24/7 support

Citizens Advice Bureau ·

Calm – source for mindfulness and meditation, online and in the app

Headspace – source for mindfulness and meditation


If you know of other resources that should be listed here, please email

Updated 18/4/2020 with input from the Chichester Covid 19 Group.  Thank you!