A community response to the challenges of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak
ALL residents are encouraged to identify potentially vulnerable neighbours, particularly if they are already known to each other.
Groups vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus include the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying respiratory or neurological medical conditions.
Contact should be made via a phone call, knock on the door or note through the letterbox if you don’t already have a phone number or email address. Establish a direct line of communication to offer support personally if required - exchange phone numbers, email addresses etc.
Please also inform them that the Curridge community is working to develop a trusted local support network and to be wary of unsolicited approaches from other unknown individuals or organisations.
An information leaflet will be distributed by CRA to every house in the village, from Friday 20th March. We will also deliver a printed notice that residents can attach to their front door to inform visitors of ongoing self isolation.
Residents that are willing to join the support network for anyone self isolating are asked to sign up to the CRA’s volunteer list using an online form here: https://forms.gle/hzp2b7fkKx8op6nV6
By willing to help, this can include one or more of the following:
- Coordinate help for a group of residents in your immediate neighbourhood.
- Help with leaflet drops in your area of the village to help keep residents updated.
- Provide companionship by way of regular phone check ins, particularly for the older residents that may be forced to isolate for longer periods.
- Undertake essential shopping or collections for affected residents.
- Receive parcels on behalf of affected residents.
- Post letters for affected residents
The more volunteers we get signed up, the smaller the individual support groups can be and the easier it will be for each volunteer to proactively keep contact with residents undergoing isolation
Anyone in need of help, in the event of self isolation, should make contact with CRA via this online form (forms.gle/ZPVPHy72HHYs22La9), email (email@example.com) or the phone number on the printed leaflet. Their details will be shared with the volunteer group and they will be assigned to the nearest or most appropriate volunteer to make contact via phone.
How the volunteer and resident remain in contact can be tailored to the needs of the individual, e.g. by phone or electronic messaging as appropriate.
As well as responding to specific requests from residents for help, it would be great if volunteers can also proactively offer assistance when going about their normal daily activities, e.g. ‘I’m going to the shop / post office today, is there anything you need?’.
Stuck for food ideas whilst self isolating, or whilst practicing social distancing? We have started to put together some details of local suppliers of meals and key provisions here.
Need a prescription collecting from Downland Practice? Please see our information page here.
During the current coronavirus pandemic, the parish council and volunteer groups will also use personal data of vulnerable and at risk individuals which has been supplied by them, or by their relatives, to ensure that they are fully supported during the current crisis. The information held will be used for this purpose alone, and will be deleted once the pandemic is at an end. Individuals contacting the parish council for assistance through this scheme will be considered to have given consent for their data to be used for this purpose.