Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following page provides a summary of the local support groups, advice and schemes that are in place during this time.  The page is ever evolving as new guidance and schemes are identified.  If you have a local scheme, business or other useful information for the community, please share this via our social media or to the Clerk (  

Local Community Support Group

As we are entering another national lockdown, Sutton upon Derwent’s Coronavirus Support Group will still be offering to help people in the village who have problems caused by the restrictions placed upon us during this health crisis. There may be some residents who did not require this service during the first lockdown but now find that they need help.
Help is offered with shopping, picking up prescriptions etc.

For support, please contact either contact below, who will co-ordinate your requirements with the volunteer group.

Please note this is only for people who are unable to help themselves, please don’t abuse the volunteers offer of help.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC)

ERYC are working alongside the HEY Smile Foundation to support vulnerable residents.  A central contact will receive and record the requests for help and will triage those requests and source the best solution.

Contact Centre details for this service are as follows:

Call: 01482 393919 (09:00-21:00 Mon-Fri; 09:00-18:00 Sat-Sun)

Any volunteer groups should register their details on to allow the HEY Smile Foundation to build up a detailed database of organisations that can work alongside this county wide scheme. 

Individuals cannot register on so if you are wishing to volunteer and help, please register at to become one of the new NHS Volunteer Responders.  These volunteer responders will carry out tasks such as delivering medicines from pharmacies, driving patients to appointments, bringing people home from hospital and making regular telephone calls to check on people isolating at home

If you require brown bin caddy liners, these can be requested from ERYC here

Financial Support

ERYC have provided guidance for financial support if required during this time here:

A letter from local MP Sir Greg Knight summarising support and guidance is available here.

Specific support schemes for residents

The following grants are available to residents impacted by local and national restrictions (click for more information):

Covid Winter Support Grants

On 10 November 2020, the Government announced funding to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy (Heating, cooking, lighting), water bills (including sewerage).The aim is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the Winter months during the pandemic, so children will be warm and well-fed this winter. 

Due to the limited nature of the funding available, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will implement the Winter Grant Scheme as a discretionary scheme in a phased approach, until the one-off funding has been fully utilised. 

Phase two of the application process opened on 4 January 2021, and will close on 31 January 2021.

Please note: Phase two is for new applications only. If you were awarded a grant under phase one, you are not eligible to apply for another grant in phase two. If your application in phase one was refused, you are not eligible to reapply under phase two unless your circumstances have changed.

Test and Trace Support Payments

The Test and Trace Support Payment has been introduced in response to feedback from local authorities and directors of public health that some of their residents were struggling to self-isolate as directed due to financial constraints. It is to ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested. This will help to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further social and economic restrictions, including local lockdowns.

Specific support schemes for businesses and charities

The Government have provided a range of grants available to business where they have been mandated to close or remain open but are severely impacted by the local and national restrictions, whilst they remain in place. 

The following grants are available to businesses impacted by local and national restrictions (click for more information):

For general advice on support schemes for businesses and charities, or to check for additional support, please see the Coronavirus: Grants for businesses and charities.

Food Services

Local businesses in the area are now providing takeaway or delivery services during this time.  Full details are available at this link, with a summary below:

St Vincent Arms: 01904 608349 - takeaway, delivery and groceries

Elvington Village Store

Browns Grocer - Pocklington

Danby's - Pocklington: 01759 302217

Balloon Tree - Gate Helmsley: 01759 373023

Wold Select Butchers - Pocklington: 01759 306268

Mile Farm Shop - Pocklington: 01759 305420

Miller Food Service - Dunnington: 01904 655368

Caffe Valeria - Wheldrake: 07968 815982

York Wholesale Meats - Poppleton: 01904 613678

Southview Smallholder and Pet Supplies - Ellerton: 01757 289817

Morrisons Food Boxes

Home Schooling

Sutton upon Derwent Primary School have provided guidance and range of activities for home schooling here:

Post Office

The Post Office within the Village Hall remains open until further notice to protect staff. 


The following guidance is provided for collection of prescriptions on behalf of others:

Elvington Surgery

The person collecting the prescriptions should have the name, address and date of birth of the patient.  It is stressed that the collector be in good health and over 18.  If any payment is required, it is to be contactless.

Pocklington Surgery

The person collecting the prescriptions should have the name, address and date of birth of the patient.  If the patient is over 60, there will be no charge.  If the patient is under 60 and exempt, the person collecting the prescriptions will need to explain why.  


Unfortunately, unscrupulous members of society are taking advantage of the current crisis, particularly the most vulnerable people. 

Please follow this general advice:

  • Do NOT click on links in unknown texts - always check it first
  • NEVER give out your personal details.
  • With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout.
  • Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 1232040 or visiting

Further help can and advice also be found at

COVID 19 Vaccine Scam Text

We have been informed about a new scam that is being circulated, but looks very believable. It starts with a text, seemingly from the NHS saying that you are now eligible to apply for the new vaccine and to click on the link to apply.

The link takes you to a website, which looks genuine and asks the user to complete a form asking for the following information.

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Payment card details
  • Proof of address

As you can see from the above, this should automatically ring alarm bells, as we all know, the vaccine is FREE.