Coronavirus: We’re Here To Help

Date: 15th Mar 2020 Author: Craig Kidd

We all know that one of our Scouting values is Care.  In recent times this has never been more relevant that we are seeing today as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

I am aware that many of our members might be feeling quite vulnerable at this time.  Particularly  for our older members, those who might be suffering from serious and chronic medical conditions, and also our wider population where the thought of self-isolation could be concerning and scary.  We understand that over the coming weeks and months things might get difficult for all of us,  so we want to start thinking now about what we can do to help and support each other.

I would like to reassure you that as a District we are here to help.  We want to, wherever possible provide you the support you need, so we all get through this together.  Whatever this may be; picking up shopping, posting mail, delivering  some urgent supplies or even just a friendly phone call.  We would like to do what we can to help.

I would like some help.

If you are self-isolating now, or in the future, and would like some help then all you need to do is ask. 

You can either 

  • drop us an email craig.kidd@northamptonscouts.org.uk
  • call/text on WhatsApp, Craig Kidd 07525 783902 or Elaine Farr 07749 031094

We will work with our volunteers to get someone to help quickly.

If you would like to offer some help.

If you would like to help, can you please complete our online form here and complete your details.  We will then keep this data for as long as it is needed, to provide support and assistance to members of our District.  We will contact you if someone in your area needs support.

Please remember that Coronavirus is contagious.  If you are volunteering you must take every precaution to ensure we are only spreading Scouting Care, if we ask for help and you believe you might be  suffering  then please tell us and stay at home.  Please think about the best way we can support each other without putting ourselves and others at risk.

Remember

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you need more support then please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Some advice on self-isolation is available here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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