5 ways to help your community during COVID
Despite self-isolation and social distancing measures, communities across the county and the rest of the country are coming together in a show of support.
Whether it’s setting up virtual community groups or helping out your next door neighbour, there are lots of things you can do to get involved.
Here are five ways to support your local community throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
#1. Help out your neighbours
If any of your neighbours are elderly or alone, you could offer to help with collecting shopping, posting letters, urgent supplies or even just a friendly phone call, all free of charge.
If you drop anything off to them, do wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching doorbells or handles, and step back several metres when they open the door. Encourage them to wash their hands once they’ve put shopping away.
#2. Shop responsibly
Only take what you need from your local shop. If it isn’t essential, try to leave it for older or vulnerable people who might need it more. Avoid touching doors and surfaces if you can – if you don’t have plastic gloves, cover your hand with a sandwich bag or a paper towel.
Many local shops are now seeking volunteers to help with home delivery for those who can’t collect their groceries in person – speak to your shop owner if you’re able to help. Always wash your hands after shopping – the NHS has some good advice about handwashing.
#3. Practice safe social distancing
If you’re walking, running or cycling around our local area as part of your daily exercise, make sure you keep a good social distance from anyone else you might bump into.
Cross the road to give people space, and only take exercise alone or with someone you live with. The latest government information on safe social distancing can be found here.
#4. Look after yourself
As well as staying at home and looking after your mental and physical wellbeing, do take extra care in your day-to-day activities. With the NHS stretched to capacity at present, your local surgery or A&E may not be able to support with day-to-day accidents or household mishaps at the moment.
Back injuries from gardening, pulled muscles or nasty cuts and scrapes are likely to take a backseat in primary care at the moment, so it’s important to be careful. If you do suspect you may have coronavirus, continue to stay at home and use the NHS 111 coronavirus service for advice.
#5. Check on family and friends
Many people are self-isolating alone at the moment; if you know of anyone who’s living alone, do check up on them with phone calls whenever you can.
If there’s anything they need, it’s great to help out where you can, but sometimes just hearing another person’s voice and having a friendly chat is enough. We all have to look after each other at the moment.
We’ll be posting more ideas on community support activities and advice on looking after your mental and physical wellbeing over the coming weeks, so do check back when you can.
In the meantime, stay safe.
The Right Home, Right Place Team