We hope that you are all keeping safe and well in these challenging times.
It is more than three weeks since the Government imposed ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions. It is likely that they will be in place for some time. We are being asked to Stay at Home to limit the transmission of the virus, thereby protecting the NHS from being overwhelmed, and so saving lives.
Bradford Peverell’s COVID-19 Support Group is helping the vulnerable among us - those with serious underlying health conditions and those over 70 - to self-isolate and to fully comply with these Stay at Home measures. The Group is already responding to the needs of around 25 households. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the 29 volunteers who are acting as ‘Buddies’ to these vulnerable households. It is extremely important that no-one in these households undertakes unnecessary travel to shops or for social visits. Useful guidance and frequently asked questions can be found on the Government’s website (www.gov.uk) under the heading ‘What You Can And Can't Do’.
Our Buddies will provide vulnerable households with one shopping trip and/or visit to a pharmacy per week. Buddies, like everyone else, are instructed to leave home only when absolutely necessary so it is important that they should not be asked to make extra trips. They will not be able to respond to such requests except in a genuine emergency.
Supermarket shopping has become a bit more complicated lately; local stores have introduced controls to limit the number of customers on their premises at any one time, some are restricting the number of items that can be purchased per trip, and preferred brands and varieties are not always available. Some compromises may be necessary, but, if we work together, obtaining essentials for everyone need not be too risky or stressful for any of us.
As an alternative to supermarket shopping, a number of local food businesses are offering deliveries. Details of some of the available services are provided in the attached list and can be found on our parish website: www.bradfordpeverell.info, where you will also find Government information and other advice.
Meanwhile we can all keep in regular contact with friends and neighbours, especially those we know to be self-isolating, by phone or by video calls. If you have concerns about anyone who you think may be slipping through the net please talk in confidence to one of our contacts.
We all know that Bradford Peverell is a great place to live and we are very fortunate to be able to make the most of our rural setting for daily exercise (although regrettably the playing fields remain closed in line with government directives).
Please continue the Thursday Night 8pm clapping for NHS staff and other key workers, of whom there are a significant number living in our village. This gesture is really appreciated.
Contacts: Self-isolated and not yet made contact,? It’s not too late to ask for help:
Sylvia Denning: 01305 751735 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jon and Sandra Desborough: 01305 266834
Let's do all we can to make sure that everyone gets through this safely.
Bradford Peverell Parish Council on Thursday 16 April
Edited by Sylvia Denning, 16 April 2020 - 03:41 PM.