Coronavirus Update: Please, Stay at Home

By Maria Faulkner, Community Navigator at Age UK Cornwall. All views are my own.

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Last week we heard the announcement by Boris Johnson to stay indoors, been sent the Government text and, hopefully, read up on it. But are we doing what the Prime Minister is asking us to do? Working as Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly’s Programme Coordinator for our Macmillan partnership, I’m aware, daily, of the vulnerability of the clients, patients and volunteers in both charities. Yes, self-isolating and social distancing are having an enormous impact on: people’s livelihoods, the economy and our children and grandchildren’s education. But nothing compares to the impact Covid-19 has on our older population and those affected by cancer, as well as those with underlying health conditions

It’s important that we all follow the guidelines during these times.

Government Guidelines 

The guidance on coronavirus is:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons (such as exercise) or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Full Guidance on Social Distancing 

We want to thank everyone in Cornwall for following these guidelines and supporting their communities in time of need.

So, what you can do at home?

Lots of our clients will be missing out on time spent with their loved ones or the everyday interactions that were a comfort, so we’ve put telephone support in place. Our Day Centres are supporting their clients and the wider community with meal and shopping deliveries, welfare checks and more. Our TAP team are taking people to vital healthcare appointments. Our Helpline is answering calls and the rest of the team continue with welfare calls. Our volunteers are also chipping in, where they can, helping us to deliver vital services. 

We are asking the public to help us by inputting services, virtual activities and events onto Cornwall Link. You can find out more about our site on our About page. By doing this, you not only help the members on Cornwall Link find the services and support they need, but the hundreds of calls coming to our charity Helplines. We hope also that this comprehensive database serves as a way of supporting other charity helplines and support groups set up across the county. 

We are calling out for people to share their stories which will be shared on the blog and socials. Our hope is by sharing our stories, people will feel less alone. If you would like to submit your story, please send a word document to our Digital Coordinator, Tillie: tillie.corlett@ageukcornwall.org.uk

We also know some of you will be feeling quite shaken-up by the experience of self-isolation.

If you are feeling stressed and anxious about yourself or a loved one, the NHS have a page of helplines that direct you to support. 

NHS Mental Health Helplines 

We are also building a one-stop place for useful resources to help you during this time. 

Resources 

Another way to reduce anxiety is to exercise and there’s a section on exercise at home. 

NHS Live Well : Easy Home Exercises 

And other ways to get moving... 

iCare iMove 

There are lots of people offering ways to have fun in the home and I know our clients and volunteers have made this happen in so many ways in the past.

Here are some reminders and alternatives:

SING!

Our Purple Angels, Happy Voices, at Newquay Day Centre know how to belt out a tune!  Here’s a way for everyone to do that from home. 

The Sofa Singers 

DANCE!

I’ve seen lovely moves at St Austell Day Centre. Time to try out your ballroom dance moves in the living room. Here's a playlist for you. 

Ballroom Dancing Playlist 

WALK!

Walking has been an integral part of both, Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly and Macmillan. For those of you who can get out each day, enjoy the beauty of Cornwall, discovering a quiet place on your doorstep. If not just a few paces around the house will be great for your health – if you’re with a partner make it a competition! Or you can go virtual and raise money.

Virtual Walking Fundraisers 

BOARD GAMES & CARDS!

Oh yes, dust off the Scrabble, get out the chess. No excuses solo isolators – get the cards out and play solitaire! 

Games 

If you’re a family at home here are some links to ideas for self-educating and some fun activities:

READ!

Check out David Walliams’ free audio (limited time only): 

Read Books by David Walliams 

GET PHYSICAL!

Try out some P.E. with Joe via his Youtube channel. 

P.E. with Joe 

ACTIVITIES!

Workingmums have put together a list of activities for the kids during self isolation.

Working Mums: Activities for Kids 

The Cornwall Link is bringing communities together online. Come and join us!

We are dedicated to providing up-to-date information; linking socially isolated people; providing vital services; increasing connectedness during the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ll get you connected and help you find the support services you need.

We can’t do it without you. We need you to join us.

We envision Cornwall Link being a one-stop platform where Cornish people can find the help they need (services or resources), offer help, and share their stories. Cornwall Link will direct to the many Facebook groups, temporary charity aid, governmental support sites, and any other relevant service allowing you to find what you need, where you need it, quickly and easily. Through our platform, people can connect in new ways ­– a web-based, social media platform built with Cornwall in mind. Together, we will weather the storm until we can see each other again.

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