Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is brilliant how our communities are pulling together at this worrying time for us all. Thank you. This evening we will be doing the applause for the front-line staff working to keep us safe.
The shut-down is in daily stages, making for a very fast-moving situation. I have had a series of on-line meetings with Ministers, and with other leading councillors, to clarify what we feel is needed in the emergency legislation and almost everything was accepted. You can get the latest government updates on your phone or on the web. Support is available for people renting and for businesses, including self-employed, visible on the government website.
gov.uk/coronavirus – latestinformation on the situation in the UK and our response.
nhs.uk/coronavirus – For information about the illness and symptoms.
No-one is immune. The aim is to stop the virus spreading from person to person and you may be a carrier. All ages outside the household need to keep 2m away, wash hands for 20secs frequently and keep hands clear of the face. (I find wearing gloves helps.) Added this week is to stay at home, unless on essential work, getting provisions or helping others. 179,000 over 70’s and vulnerable people in Lincolnshire are advised to self-isolate until further notice. The virus survives in the air for up to three hours, hence keeping your distance and on hard surfaces for up to 3 days, 72 hours, so disinfectant and/or clean gloves are needed.
Lincolnshire County Council Coronavirus helpline is 01522 782189 and web https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/coronavirus where you can volunteer County-wide or ask for help. The NHS has had half a million volunteers nationally. You may want to concentrate on local support and we are informing the County, so we can be available if needed.
Emergency, Health and Council services are continuing, with office staff working from home. Meetings are suspended except for essential decisions made remotely and casework and social media have grown exponentially. Places where people gather have had to close, including heritage, tourist and activity sites, wildlife parks and woodlands, waste bring sites, shops (unless selling food or medicines), schools except to the children of key workers. Imagine how the children will love that while other children are skipping in the park! It is a tough time for parents when children have to be at home, not mixing with others, not even grandparents. For those whose exams have been cancelled, they will get a chance to improve their estimated grade later in the year.
Locally, we are setting up and supporting local voluntary groups in every village, guidelines below. The main help is to keep in touch with people in self-isolation and deliver shopping and medicines. The plan is to have a central co-ordinator phone number for each village. The co-ordinator on duty accesses the local volunteers’ rota on the “what’s app group” for volunteers from that village and puts the volunteer in touch with the task. We have arrangements for direct payment with local shops. Surgeries may need help with getting medicines out, so we will help with that too. A “contact me” note is attached to go up in each village and a newsletter with the useful local contacts. For Example, contact Welbourn Volunteers on 07 377 219 268, Leadenham is on 07519 308 247 and for Brant Broughton and Stragglethorpe email@example.com. For Witham St Hughs ring Jason 07894872533 to access their dedicated facebook site, 01522 426723 for Cliff Villages, Wellingore to Harmston, and “Harmston Help” on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/506929020195440/
Links with other organisations: Public Health comes under the County Council in conjunction with a joint body called the LRF. I have attached a note of my contact details and would be grateful if you would kindly . They are setting up a “hub” connected to the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum and will connect with our local group. I have rung Parish Councils to ask how they are getting on, to connect and offer assistance. Churches are doing a daily phone call from trained volunteers, if requested, such as 01400 679081/07494870701 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 01522 426723 for the Cliff Villages Wellingore to Harmston.
What else to do? The telephones have got busy and our clubs can have virtual meetings on Zoom (free) or Microsoft (Team meetings or skype). We can have book club meetings or wildlife activities for children in that way. For anyone who is fit enough and off work, parishes have allotment space for growing vegetables, or doing those long-standing tasks!
If you have well and have a little time, your voluntary help is welcome! Please get in touch.
Cllr Marianne Overton MBE
Cliff Villages Ward on North Kesteven District Council Branston and Navenby Division on Lincolnshire County Council 07920 235 364 or email@example.com
Independent Councillor for Bassingham and Welbourn on Lincolnshire County Council and for the Cliff Villages on North Kesteven District Council
Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents and the Independent Network and for the Cliff Villages on North Kesteven District Council
Published by Marianne Overton MBE, Hilltop Farm. Welbourn, Lincolnshire, LN5 0QH Tel: 07920 235 364
For residents of Leadenham, Welbourn, Beckingham, Brant Broughton and Stragglethorpe.
Coronavirus Care List for the vulnerable.
Being aware of the increase in Coronavirus infections nationally and the potential that many of us may soon have to self isolate or that the whole country may come under a lock down, as a church community we are making plans to ensure that, should this happen, the most vulnerable in our community have someone to keep contact with them; to ensure they are okay, to have a short chat with someone so they know they are not alone and to help them get supplies or assistance if needed.
We have a team of vetted volunteers who are willing to help in this provision and we are compiling a list of names, contact numbers and addresses of those who would like to be contacted by phone on a daily basis, in the event of a lockdown.
If you know someone who would benefit from this provision eg. lives alone, elderly individuals or couples or those who are lone carers, and might like to be on the Care List please ask them to contact me for further details. 01400 679081/07494870701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This provision is available immediately for those who are already in self isolation and in need of support. If this is the case and you/they would like to have a daily contact please contact me and I will make arrangements for contact by phone to begin.
Rev Christine Goldsmith
Rev Michelle Godbold For the Cliff Villages Wellingore to Harmston, call 01522 426723
Boothby Graffoe, Coleby, Harmston, Navenby, Wellingore, Skinnard and Temple Bruer
Example Village Leaflet: Welbourn
Welbourn Volunteers Shopping and Support
• In partnership with David and Alison from the Welbourn Shop and Post Office, a number of volunteers are offering to support Welbourn residents who may need help in getting groceries and medication delivered.
• This is aimed at anyone who lives alone and needs assistance, people with no next of kin to support, lone carers, lone parents or whole households who may be self-isolating and are unable to pop out to get the basics.
• This volunteer led service is being offered in addition to any existing care arrangements that Welbourn residents already have in place
How it works:-
The phone number for the Welbourn co-ordinator is 07377 219 268
Use it to volunteer or to ask for help. Trusted Volunteers are on a What’s App network for our village.
• You can pre-pay and set up an account at the shop before isolation (minimum £20) and top-up by cheque via our Welbourn Volunteers.
You can phone, text 07377 219 268 or order on-line email@example.com
• Depending where you live, you can display the enclosed pink card in a prominent place that can be seen from the road. A Welbourn volunteer will come and pick up your order and will deliver it back to you later in the day.
• We will take and deliver orders on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday therefore you will need to plan your list ahead.
• Ring or display your pink card (enclosed) by 10am on the day and we will aim to deliver your order by 4pm or sooner on the same day.
• We will not be handling cash.
• A volunteer has offered to do a medicine drop on a Thursday. The medicines from the surgery that you would normally collect from the shop can be delivered to your home.
Other help or assistance
• If you require further help or assistance, call the following number (07377 219268) A volunteer will answer your call or you can leave a message and someone will get back to. Alternatively, you can call the Rev Christine Goldsmith – see details overleaf.
• Public health comes under County Council. Contact Cllr Marianne Overton MBE (07920 235364) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Example Action Plan to set up a volunteer group
Example Action Plan for our local self-help groups (Basis was contributes by Cllr Kilcoyne)