West Lancashire Borough Council, in conjunction with all local health and community partners supporting West Lancashire, have launched a new Local Support System, West Lancs Together, which will offer support to those most vulnerable within the borough.
This will offer help and support to those who have been identified by the NHS as being at risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 and have been asked to isolate themselves (referred to nationally as ‘shielding’) for a period of at least 12 weeks. For more information on who this may involve, visit – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
We understand these extremely vulnerable people may not have a support network to rely on and West Lancs Together will pool together resource to be able to provide support with food, medicines and social contact during this phase of isolation.
Please be aware that we will be prioritising those who will not be able to rely on family and friends for practical support while they remain at home. If anyone is feeling vulnerable you can contact the service so we can understand your needs and what level of support we could provide.
If anyone would like further information on Coronavirus, the main Government website is kept up to date with key information: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, please visit 111.nhs.uk – only call 111 if you are unable to get help online. For life threatening emergencies call 999 for an ambulance.
Looking out across the fields, across the beautiful area we live in, it’s hard to believe what’s happening in the outside
world. The positives I’ll take from all this, are the actions that recent events have prompted. Far and wide people
are reaching out, stepping up, and offering help where they can.
Downholland Community Association have offered to help with shopping if people are unable to go out or are self isolating, and the Resident Association are busy compiling neighbourhood lists matching up those offering help to those in need, and they are even starting a book loan scheme now that the mobile library service has been
suspended. Both organisations have our heartfelt thanks, as do all the others in our community who are looking out
for one another.
More details of both groups’ efforts and contact details are contained in this edition of KIT.
I’ve included below the contact details of many local business who are now offering help and deliveries to our area –
(Thanks to Cllr Maureen Mills and Kathy Cunliffe from the Residents Association).
This list keeps changing so I’ll keep
this up to date on downhollandpc.org.uk.
Please consider printing the updated list for anyone you know who needs
it and doesn’t have access to the internet.
For now, all Parish Council meetings are obviously suspended but the park remains open (please follow government
advice about safe distances) and similarly, for now, the Post Office remains open every Monday 11 to 1 from the
Update: the children’s play area is now closed, and we’ve taken the decision to protect our employees by asking them to stay at home. Consequently, the bins in the park won’t be getting emptied, so please help us out and
take your rubbish home.
I’m struggling to get this edition printed and distributed so apologies that some of the content will be out of date in the midst of rapidly changing events. I’d like to express my thanks to Cllr. Gareth Dowling from Rosie Cooper’s office, Kev from Price Right Print and Cllr. Ele Gawne for their efforts in making sure this edition is delivered.