Coronavirus – how can you help?

neighbours helping each other

As the situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, communities across Kirklees are springing into action to help.

This is the community action we need to help get us through this crisis and stay strong. Below are some tips on how you can help.

Look after your health –  if you want to help others you need to take care of yourself: 

• Regularly get fresh air
• Eat healthily
• Don’t drink too much alcohol
• Drink plenty of water
• Stay in touch with your friends and family
• Sleep well
• Do the things you enjoy

Follow guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19

What you can do to help others right now:

• Support people in your local community first
• Make a list of 5 people in your community you can support. This will be your Close List.
• Make regular daily phone calls to keep each other’s spirits up
• Help with people’s shopping and groceries
• Share your tricks and tips for staying positive during this time
• Pick-up prescriptions
• Walk pets
• Help people set up computers or video chat
• Help people to get started on Whatsapp, Facebook or email
• Share information with people about social distancing if they are confused
• Help others to find out how to get further help if they need it

Download our community pack

We’ve put together a pack to support you and your community during the
ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus. Download it here.

What you can do in a week’s time to help

  • Neighbourhood training – learn how to use the simple system we are recommending for watching out for your neighbours. Fill out a short form here.
  • Register your offer to help distribute information to residents here.
  • Join your local Mutual aid group, if one exists in your area.

What can you do longer term to help?

More information on how you can get involved to help longer term will be made public in the coming days as the clarity of the situation emerges more fully. Please watch this space.

Volunteering safely

• Trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, leave the situation.
• Let someone know where you are going, and what time you will be back.
• Check in with someone when you have finished volunteering.
• Do not go into anybody’s home if you do not know them personally.
• Follow all the guidelines for preventing the spread of infection.

• Call ahead to let people know when to expect you.
• Encourage people to stay up to date with news and current events.
• Encourage people to stay in touch with others through phone calls and video calls.
• If you have a safeguarding concern, report it immediately.
• Encourage people who are self isolating to open windows or spend time in the garden if they have one.

Get your information from reliable sources

Click here for the latest updates.

You can find out more information about social isolation here.

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