Concerned about leaving home because of Covid 19? Do you need some support?  Errands? Shopping? Post mail? Or pick up a prescription?

Or just someone to talk to if you’re feeling isolated? Rye Mutual Aid can help!


There is a group of local residents who are happy to assist in any way we can.  They formed Rye Mutual Aid, which has been recognised as a (Covid 19) community support hub by East Sussex County Council and Rother District, since April 2020.  


With the pandemic showing little sign of ending ( September 2020) in the coming months, if you need help and do not have relatives or friends to turn to, then please contact one of your dispatcher volunteers listed below.


We won’t ask or demand anything of you in return, we just believe in helping each other in a time of difficulty.  


We have divided the Rye and its surrounding villages into 20 zones. Each zone has 'dispatchers' who are the points of contact for all the volunteers in this zone. 

Just look for your zone in the list below and call one of the dispatchers listed.


Rye Mutual Aid aims to add value to the wide range of support provided by the Authorities and NHS.  If you ask us and we consider that there are others better suited to help then we will advise, but, do come to us in the first instance. To provide guidance on the types of individuals who might qualify for our support. 


Vulnerable Individuals 

Those who were shielded and listed by their GPs; 

Those who are over 70; 

Those with severe disabilities;

Those with serious underlying health conditions which reduces their immune system. 

The Self Isolators  

Those who self isolate to reduce risk because they are elderly, frail or just seriously concerned. 

The Infected 

Those with symptoms or been in contact or advised by the Test and Trace system. 

Those In Quarantine. 

Those who have been abroad and are required by government rules to self isolate for 14 days

Rye Mutual Aid can also help point to professionals who can help: 

Those seeking a local Food Bank;

Those who are “Victims of Domestic Abuse”

Those who are suffering from mental health issues.


Please remember that we seek nothing of you in return, we just believe in helping out in a time of extreme difficulty  


Please follow this link to the NHS website for the up to date list of those most at risk.

Before you contact RMA, please see some ways you can help us to help you...
  • If you have friends or family you can call upon please do so before contacting us.

  • Please plan ahead for shopping as best you can and gather a list to last rather than daily groceries.

  • Please consider getting a cheque book, an e-card or think about how you might best make payment to the volunteer helping you ( avoid cash wherever possible)

  • Please bear in mind that the volunteers have jobs so they will see to your needs as soon as humanly possible but not necessarily immediately so please plan ahead.

  • If you do not receive a response from your zone’s dispatch volunteer then please contact the next closest zone to you. (please ensure you let your zone dispatch volunteer know if your need has been dealt with)

  • If you are in need of medical attention please contact your GP or 111 call 999. Do not contact a volunteer.

  • If you are on repeat prescription medicine then please arrange home delivery where possible. If it isn't possible, then please contact the volunteer team for your zone. Contact details here

Find a volunteer in your area

Rye Citadel

Landgate Arch to the Mint. Including Landgate. Dispatchers - Niki - 07837 952325 Katie - 07732 330921 Allan - 07971 785492 Tim - 07766 745363

Cinque Ports Area

Cinque Ports Street to Love Lane including Eagle Rd, Wish St, Tower St & Rope Walk. Dispatchers - Lois - 07708 354004 Tina- 07917 663192

Rock Channel Area

Including Fishmarket, The Strand & South Undercliff Dispatchers- Brett- 07961 787687 Nikki - 07534 966618 David - 07983 110655

New Winchelsea Road

From Kettle 'O Fish roundabout to the end of New Winchelsea Road Dispatchers- Lorraine - 07702 646647 Simon - 07432 257757

Kings Avenue & New Road

Dispatchers- Michelle - 07769 713073 Ruth - 07723 455596

Tilling Green Estate

Dispatchers - Kirsty - 07970 427845 Sophie - 07983 574528 Andy - 07818 434064 Maria - 07563 117 295

Udimore Road & Cadborough

Including Ferry Road Dispatchers- Mike - 07970 997903 Martin - 07535 482006

Rye Hill

Including Deadman's Lane Dispatchers- Caroline - 07957 633220 Rita - 07710 315570

Military Road & North Salts

Dispatchers- Seana- 07718 918736 Len - 07842 253121

Valley Park

Dispatchers- Neale - 07753 819119 Jackie - 07536 055466

Playden & Rye Foreign

Dispatchers- James - 07748 104855 Caroline - 07455 383237

Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach

Dispatchers - Simon & Paul - 01797 360748 Carol & Luciano - 01797 360749

Rye Harbour

And Approach Dispatchers- KT - 07789 818878


Dispatchers- Claire - 07772 283144 Fee - 07554 993652 Dom - 07554 994306 Tina - 01797 252366

Camber & East Guldeford

Dispatchers- Sheri - 07533 259955 Stef - 07869 458564


Dispatchers- Jacky - 07877 192760 Jake - 07454 936312 Jocelyn - 07483 127514


Dispatchers- Gary - 07803 687170

Pett/Pett Level

Dispatchers- Frances - 07714 281085 John - 07525 032198

Broad Oak/Brede

Dispatchers- Darren- 07949 724803 Sue - 07791 261325 Jenny - 07748 843413 Bruni - 07941 357101


Dispatchers- Charlotte - 07930 207456 Marion - 07711 351723 Amber - 07798 684695


Westfield Community Support Line - 0800 246 1506