Keep calm and hunker down!
Representatives of the Parish council, Warden Scheme, Luncheon Club, Community Car Scheme, Churches and Church & Village Magazine have met to gather information to see how we can look after the safety and well-being of the vulnerable residents of Haslingfield.
We aim to set up a group of volunteers to maintain contact with anyone isolated, and to help where needed.
We are asking families or close friends to create a plan for their relatives that will include checking:
- That they are contacted each day
- If they need shopping
- To check they have medication they require.
If the family are unable to get shopping or other needs themselves, we plan that they can contact a linked volunteer who will, either go themselves or ask another volunteer from the list.
People may want help getting onto internet apps like Skype or Whats App (to communicate with family) or online supermarket shopping sites and banking apps. Others might just appreciate a regular phone call – being unable to socialise like this is not something any of us have experienced before.
If you wish to be added to the list of volunteers please send your details to emergency@haslingfieldparish.
Both Village shops are offering free shopping delivery. From Thursday 26th March the Car Scheme will be collecting regular medication from Harston Surgery on Mondays and Thursdays and delivering them to the door, so patients should not collect them from the shop.
If you are aware of anyone who might not be getting this information please let them know what is planned. There are already local arrangements for neighbourly support in the village which is good to hear but if you are worried about someone who does not appear to be supported during this difficult time then please let us know.
This is the first step in supporting us all through this difficult time and we will keep in touch over the coming weeks as the support network develops.
Please keep in contact with each other in any additional way that you feel you can help, such as compiling a bulletin or newsletter, organising dog walking for anyone who is unable to, set up baking and distributing group or set up a remote jigsaw appreciation group! This can be done using the Village website, notice boards, social media or through your society’s usual means of communication, or just pop a note through your neighbours’ door.
Here is an example of a card you might use to post through a door: