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Response from Cheshire West & Chester Council  

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Thank you for getting in touch to help fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in west Cheshire.

We are currently inundated with offers of voluntary support, so please be patient if you have not heard from us for a few days.  

In the meantime, there are plenty of small things you can do to support your local community without putting yourself at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Be a good neighbour

  1. Have you found in-need neighbours? They may be: Elderly or unwell, isolated and vulnerable, have no support around them, need essential shopping.
  2. Gather a group of helpers: They may be: Family, friends, neighbours, other local volunteers by messaging, calling or posting a note.
  3. Let local leaders know: They may be: Local councillors, community leaders, faith-group leaders, business leaders, by messaging, calling or social media.
  4. Help neighbours in-need: By: Making contact via post or phone with neighbours (avoid if possible physical contact), dropping-off basic shopping, contacting medical or local services if needed, regular check-ins. e.g. #ViralKindness.
  5. Share good stories: By telling your local leader what you’ve done, using social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc.)
  6. Encourage friends to do the same by: contacting friends, family, neighbours and local volunteers to do the same.

*Make a food donation at your local food bank collection point

Do’s and Don’ts

Do: keep safe, respect others, listen, act responsibly, and follow government updates.

Don’t: have physical contact with others, go into other people’s homes, share people’s names and addresses, ask for or receive people’s bank cards or PIN.

What’s on Social Media and the internet?

If you’re volunteering please ensure you take the relevant precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and before eating, drinking or touching your face.
  • 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 straight away -  wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Leave any of your good neighbour deliveries at the door.

John Buchanan

Training and Development Officer

Cheshire West Voluntary Action

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