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Trustees of Pan Together – the charity which exists to support and provide a community hub for the residents of East Newport – have decided to close Downside Community Centre and the Isobel Community Café on Furrlongs in Newport with immediate effect.

However, for those most affected by self-isolation who live within Pan, Pan Meadows and Barton and have little support, the centre will be offering:

  • an affordable ‘special of the day’ meal delivery service. Order by 10.30 am for a delivery between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm;
  • help with essential shopping;
  • a prescription-collection service; and
  • a helpline for anyone living locally who is self-isolating without support.

Local residents affected are asked to phone 01983-248-170 between 09:00 and 18:00 or – in an emergency between 18:00 and 21:00 – to phone Cllr Brodie on 01983-521-686 or to email [email protected].

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Rachel Thomson, Pan Together’s Community Centre Manager, said:

“All of this will depend on us getting more volunteers, particularly younger adults, to help with the offer we are making.  We have a few drivers and so on but we need more volunteers if this is to work.  Many of our existing volunteers are, sadly, in self-isolation already or limiting their social contact”.

“We’re hoping that flyers promoting all of this will be available in the Pan shops and on the local noticeboards very shortly.  Please pass on the contact details to anyone you know in Pan, Pan Meadows and Barton who you think might need support”.


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