Cambridgeshire County Council is today (Friday 3 April 2020) asking communities to pull together to reach out against Coronavirus.
Cambridgeshire Against Coronavirus will help people stay connected during self-isolation, particularly those at risk of feeling lonely.
Lots of us who are isolating are finding innovative ways of keeping in touch with the outside world, from regular phone or video calls to family and friends, to online exercise classes.
However, for some people living on their own, self-isolation can lead to increased feelings of loneliness. These might be people living with disabilities or other vulnerable conditions, elderly people or those who are isolating for 12 weeks due to chronic health conditions.
There are already some great examples of people offering support in their communities, whether as individuals, groups or businesses.
We are asking people to reach out and help others who may be vulnerable to help them stay connected with the outside world.
Whether it’s offering to deliver food supplies or pick up prescriptions, or regular phone calls checking on their wellbeing, there are lots of ways we can all keep an eye on people, without the need to make physical contact.
Councillor Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We know that for some people who are self-isolating this could be a very difficult time and could lead to feelings of loneliness. Think about people who you know who might fall into this group and how you might be able to help them, whether it’s a family member, friend or neighbour.
“We must all follow the stay at home message, but we also want people to think about how they can keep in contact with the outside world and keep stocked with food, medicine and other supplies from afar and how they can help others to do the same
“We want to encourage people through this campaign to pull together and highlight the many ways they are already supporting people in their communities and their own household. We want to share stories, so please let us know what you are doing
“Importantly, if you are shielding from the Coronavirus and are in need of food, medicine or other supplies, please contact us via our website at or www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coordinationhub or by calling 0345 045 5219.”
If you are already involved in a community group, volunteering to help people, tell us what you are doing. For example, you may be a local shop offering food deliveries or an IT company supporting people to join social media networks.
You can also share your tips on beating loneliness.
There are a variety of brilliant ideas people are already sharing such from encouraging people to join online singing or exercise classes, putting rainbow pictures or teddy bears in your window to encourage children to spot them.
So what can you do to help?
- Share your stories of what you are doing to help people on your social media pages using the hashtags #ReachOut or #CambridgeshireTogether
- Share your tips on beating loneliness
- Download the campaign poster and other visuals on your social media pages or in your window to show what you are doing to help people in your neighbourhood
- Help us remind people about the importance of staying at home
Your stories will help us remind people that help is at hand.