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Could you play your part and support a vulnerable resident on their first outing?

by Nicola Appleton

Partners across Knowsley have come together with residents and businesses to help to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Everyone has a part to play as we start to get back into some sort of normality.

Over the last four months, the resilience of our businesses and communities, along with the overwhelming support to help others has been evident.

From picking up shopping and medication, checking in on vulnerable neighbours through to donating your time, money and goods to help others, there are many examples of how Knowsley Better Together has been instrumental as we have all played our part to respond to Covid19.

As residents start to get back to normality, others, particularly those that have been shielding for over four months, may need a little bit more support and encouragement to get back into their usual daily routines.

But importantly, they can by ensuring a few simple steps become part of their daily lives. This includes regular hand washing, maintaining social distancing (keeping a 2m distance from others), wearing a face covering where advised (for example in shops, places of worship, on public transport and hospital settings) and always carrying a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes.

You could play your part by:-

  • Offering to accompany a vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour out for the first time – help to give them the confidence to “go it alone” next time.
  • Sharing your phone number for them to call if they feel anxious and need to hear a friendly voice.
  • Share your own experiences around the changes you have seen whilst you’ve been out and about so that they know what to expect. Changes such as social distancing markers on the floor and signage displayed asking you to keep your distance, advising them that you may have to queue to get into shops to limit the number of people and adhere to social distancing, screens have been installed around tills and shop counters and people are wearing face coverings.
  • Help them to purchase a face covering and let them know where they need to wear one.

If you have any concerns about venturing out for the first time, you’re not alone. The Knowsley Community Support and Volunteer Line has staff available to help you. Call the freephone number on 0800 073 0043.

Dianne Johnson, Chief Executive of NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said “Our lives have completely changed over the last four months, but we can start to get back to some sort of normality by ensuring some simple steps are embedded into our new daily routines. We all need to play our part to stop the spread of the virus in order to once again enjoy the things we once did pre-Covid19. This includes maintaining social distancing (keep a 2m distance from others), regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering where advised and always carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes.”

Partners working with local communities include Knowsley Council, Livv Housing, One Knowsley, Knowsley Community College, Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Merseytravel, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police.