Useful information updated 4th March 2021


Below are graphics from the government to explain the 4 step process out of lockdown.



Vaccinations in Oxfordshire latest 

Vaccinations for the next two priority groups are now underway in Oxfordshire. That’s groups 5 (people aged 65 and over) and 6 (people aged 16 to 64 years with certain underlying health conditions). Rough sleepers and staff working with them are also included in this cohort.  For our districts cohort 6 is a much larger group of residents than the previous one (group 5).

Getting vaccinated remains crucial to the country’s strategy against the virus so we need to continue to encourage everyone who has been contacted to arrange their vaccination to do so without delay.

Symptom-free testing latest 

The symptom-free testing centre at The Beacon in Wantage is running well. Testing at the centre has expanded to include all public-facing workers in the public sector, and volunteers.

We’re expecting an increase in uptake at the centre, but we still need to encourage people who leave home to work or volunteer to get a test as soon as they can. Tests are booked via the county council’s online booking system.



Oxfordshire County Council is working with our friends and associates at Oxford University Hospitals, NHS Oxford Health and Oxford Clinical Commissioning group to share these stories about health and well-being services across the county.  From Oxfordshire County Council media team



If you need any financial or practical support to enable you to stay at home safely please get in touch with the South and Vale Community Hub. It’s vital that communities continue to help each other and help keep each other safe.

To contact the Community Hub visit or call 01235 422600.  8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday, or 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.


Mental Health Advice

24/7 mental health helpline

If you or people you live with don’t have coronavirus symptoms and you think you need advice for a physical or mental health concern:

We have launched a new service to provide people with mental health advice during the coronavirus pandemic covering a range of conditions and symptoms including anxiety, low mood, stress, worry,  difficulty with relationships. You can find out more here

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire

Adults 01865 904997; Children 01865 904998.

The helpline adds to the range of ways people can get support locally including Safe Havens which continue to offer an alternative to A&E for mental health care in the evenings and at weekends during the outbreak.

Banbury Safe Haven: To self-refer  ring 01295 270004 or 07851246546.

Oxford Safe Haven: To self-refer ring 01865 903037 (Fri-Mon)

People who already use mental health services should contact services directly using the numbers in their care plan.



Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are targeting residents with a promise of a Covid vaccine.  For more information, click here Scammers target residents with promise of Covid vaccine (



Thames Water article during Covid 19



Domestic Abuse:

How and where to get help and support:

  • Anyone in immediate danger should phone 999.
  • Or if in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999 and then press 55. This will transfer the call to police, who will assist without the caller having to speak.
  • Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services offers free advice: 0800 731 0055 (Mon-Fri 10am-7pm). Email
  • Alternatively, call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.



Other resources:

Free Adult Education & Training Courses

Citizens Advice Information