It’s business as usual at UOE

25 Mar 2020


We’re open and ready to help

We’re still open! As Post Offices have been confirmed as providing a critical infrastructure service, UOE Stores will remain open throughout the current crisis. We will be running our usual full Post Office counter functions and offering all of the services you’d expect. So if you need to send parcels, renew your vehicle tax, do your banking, and buy stamps, it’s business as usual at UOE Stores and Post Offices.

If your printer runs out of ink…

The good news is that because the Post Offices will remain open, so will our Stores. With more people working from home at the moment, having somewhere local where you can get replacement printing paper, ink cartridges and other essential supplies gives you peace of mind.

We also sell all the basic office stationery items, so if you’ve run out of staples, biros, notebooks, files, envelopes, paper clips, Post-Its etc, you will find them in your local UOE as it will be open!

Keeping the kids occupied

If the kids are bothering you when you’re trying to get some work done, we’ve got plenty to keep them busy, with crafting kits as well as good old fashioned crayons, felt tips, and paint. Why not get them to join in with #FromMyWindow, a Facebook group that’s encouraging kids to put their paintings and drawings in the window so that everyone passing by can enjoy them. Even while most of the country is locked down, there will still be people working to deliver the post, food, empty the bins, mend the roads etc. They’ll need cheering up too!

And here’s an idea – why not get the kids to handwrite letters to their grandparents, or other friends and family members. If you’re worried about how older relatives are coping on their own, think how much a good old-fashioned letter will cheer them up. It’s not an expensive thing to do and it has many benefits that go far beyond giving you a few minutes of peace and quiet… and it’ll get them off the internet for a while! The recipient will be delighted, of course, but handwriting a letter will also give a psychological boost to the person writing it, as well as helping with their creative writing skills, and teaching them how to be patient and thoughtful in order to get it right. Hopefully it will also encourage their friends and family to write back and your kids can find out how lovely it is to receive letters in the post!

For those with birthdays in isolation

Anyone who’s got a birthday coming up in the next few weeks is going to be disappointed that they can’t get out to celebrate. So it’s more important than ever to make a fuss of them in whatever way you can. If someone in your household is sad because they can’t celebrate by going out to their favourite restaurant, don’t worry – many restaurants are now offering takeaway or delivery services until we get back to normal, so you could still have a special meal from your favourite eatery after all… at the same time as helping to keep independent restaurants in business. Check their websites to see if they’re doing this.

It goes without saying that people love receiving cards and presents on their birthday, and it’s always exciting to be sent unexpected gifts in the post. We have lots of greetings cards, beautiful designer stationery, Lammy pens, and novelty gifts that’ll make people feel loved. We’ve even got wrapping paper and sticky tape – our Washi non-plastic tape is proving very popular. And, of course, we have padded envelopes, cardboard boxes and brown paper to keep them safe in the post.

Please be aware that we have had to adjust our opening hours slightly to work around staff shortages – up to date opening times are on each store page so check before you visit. Stay safe in these difficult times, and we hope to see you soon!

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