Supporting you during COVID-19

The latest blog from Professor Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health

As the global Covid-19 pandemic evolves, I’ve been heartened to see that locally, residents are working hard to adhere to Public Health England guidance.

Social distancing and self-isolation are key to slowing the spread of this virus and over the last few weeks, I’ve shared videos explaining why this is, which have been published on Wigan Council’s social media channels.

Since the national restrictions came into force, meaning that we can only leave our homes for essential reasons, the council has been working closely with the community and voluntary sector to ensure help is at hand for those who need it most.

We now have a self-isolation welfare support service in place with a dedicated helpline set up for vulnerable people who don’t have help from friends or family.

We also have seven community coordination hubs operational across our borough, which will provide a local centre to ensure vulnerable residents have access to food and medical supplies.

In order to achieve this, we’ve launched a campaign to recruit community volunteers and already have volunteers available to take delivery of food and PPE to front-line colleagues.

We’re also keen to hear from more fit and well residents who would like to help with various tasks from packing food parcels to friendly phone calls and collecting medicines for our vulnerable residents. If you could help us you can sign up at Be Kind.

As well as looking after others, it’s also important to look after ourselves, especially when we are unable to spend time with our friends and families in the traditional sense.

Now is the perfect opportunity to be creative in how you communicate. Connect online, hold a family quiz through a video call or keep fit each morning by doing a virtual work-out with a friend.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles has already published a lot of ‘at home’ exercises on social media so you can keep active throughout this time.

Each day we follow government guidance is another day closer to normality.

Protect yourselves and others by staying home and Be Kind by checking in with neighbours who might need support.

To refer yourself of someone you know for support, fill out the form or call 01942 489018.