Easing out of lockdown
Monday 6th July 2020
Dear Project Member,
We are writing to you today just as the Government eases the guidance to people aged over 70, and those who have been shielding. Our flyer below tries to explain what the guidance means for you, and what choices are now available to you.
The new guidance has come about because the rate at which the Covid-19 virus is being passed from person to person has reduced and the government believes that the risk of community transmission is lower than before. The risk has not gone away entirely but its reduction means that you may want to use the extra freedoms allowed to meet with members of your family or people who you have been missing during lockdown. The new advice is that we can all now:
meet up to six people from different households, outdoors, while keeping a safe distance
form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight
keep a social distance of one metre, along with thorough, regular hand washing and the use of face masks in crowded public places
We hope that you find ways to relieve the loneliness and frustration that the lockdown has caused for so many people. We know that some people remain anxious about the risks of emerging from isolation, whilst others are eager to do so. It can be hard to find a safe balance between the two, perhaps the new government guidance will allow you to find a way that offers some relief and greater opportunities to see the people who are closest to you.
Whilst it is not yet possible for us to welcome you back into the Project please rest assures we will do at the earliest opportunity. We are now assessing the viability of offering some small group exercise classes in a secure outdoor space for people who can make their own way there. We believe that the new guidance allows us to do this and will expand the range of activities as soon as it is safe and permitted. Clive and I are continuing to come to the Project each weekday so we can make contact with as many people as possible and respond to your calls if you are having any difficulties or need advice. Please do not hesitate to contact us: 020 8677 4283
We have been supported in our work by our amazing team of volunteers, those who continue to phone around and to run on-line activities using Zoom, WhatsApp and other means. Thanks are offered to them all, though particular mention must go to Peter Clarke and Martin Beaver who have taken on the role of delivering food parcels to 35 people who are advised to stay away from busy supermarkets.
This work has been done in partnership with Dons Local Action, a group of AFC Wimbledon football supporters who have been magnificent in their commitment to our shared community. We also appreciate the help of Kim Wells, the Optivo Sheltered Housing Officer at Mary Holben House and (our own member) Tony Buffery at Yew Tree Lodge. They have identified those people who most need a food parcel, received the packages and distributed them within their scheme.
With love and best wishes
Mick Morrell & Clive Brown
This leaflet gives basic advice for the current situation, please print-out this PDF at home and pop through the postbox of anybody you know who does not go online and would find it useful.
Thank you for your support
A heartfelt thank you to @DonsLocalAction for their fantastic work delivering food and necessities to our vulnerable members, helping them stay home and stay safe!
The Dons (AFC Wimbledon Foundation) still need more volunteers at their stalls, drivers & collection hubs – if you can help please get in touch email@example.com
COVID-19: Keeping safe – help is at hand
These are very difficult times, but we are thinking of you and looking forward to when we can reopen.
Mick Clive are continuing to come to the Project each weekday so we can make contact with as many people as possible and respond to your calls if you are having any difficulties. Over the past few weeks, we have been able to help out with food, provisions, & prescriptions.
Please do not hesitate to contact us on: 020 8677 4283.
As ever we are being supported by a strong team of volunteer members who are making calls and offering conversation. We are delighted that many of you have set up your own telephone, WhatsApp, and Zoom networks so you can keep in touch, chat and support one another. If you would welcome a regular phone call to help pass the day, do let us know and we will arrange it.
Ordinarily we would be gearing up to process membership renewals from the end of May. This year please do not worry about it. The Board of Trustees have decided to delay membership renewal until 1st September 2020 at the very earliest. Everyone who is currently a member will remain so and we remain available to help you.
Liz Sines our Chair of Trustees, says,
“I hope you are able to find something to occupy yourself with, hopefully to make lockdown go faster. Warm wishes to you all, I look forward to seeing everyone when this is all over.”
We produced these leaflets, that give basic advice and contact numbers to help during the Coronavirus outbreak.
There are many local people who have volunteered to help anyone who is Self-isolating (also known as Shielding), please click on this link www.tooting.org, from Tooting Together, put in your postcode and find someone close to you who can help.
Mike and the team are at the Project Mon-Fri to take your calls on 020 8677 4283 or contact Wandsworth Council COVID-19 Community Hub support on 020 8871 6555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org