Dear Neighbour

 

The Bowes Park Community Association (BPCA) is co-ordinating a network of community volunteers across Bounds Green and Bowes Park to support our neighbours during the Coronavirus pandemic.  We think it is vital that we provide safe contact and practical support – at a distance – to anyone who needs it.  We know other local groups are already setting up support systems which is amazing and heartening to know that we live in such a caring area.

To make sure no-one in our community is overlooked and to use our resources to best effect, we’d be really grateful if you could reply to this email or email info@bowespark.org.uk to let us know: 

  • The names of any streets that already have a support group established (please can you ask the person co-ordinating to contact us)

or

  • If you want to be a Local Co-ordinator for a street / section of a street 

Many thanks and take care

 

Emma, BPCA Chair

P.S. if you are reading this and are in need of support because of coronavirus, please contact us

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The BPCA have also highlighted a number of good local initiatives:

  • TEA AT 3 on BBC LONDON RADIO 94.9 FM every afternoon, hosted by local resident and BBC reporter Anna O'Neill
  • DOG WALKING: Greenwalks, a local dog walking business is offering free dog walking for all NHS staff. Please contact: 07772972473.
  • Also, there are other volunteers offering to walk dogs. Get in touch with the BPCA for this.
  • There's an app that most people have probably heard about, but it's called Covid Symptom Tracker, started by the research department at King's College London. The more information they have, the more they can help to slow the impact and share symptoms. Find more information here:  COVID Symptom Tracker - Help slow the spread of COVID-19
Strange that... I emailed and no reply we are both high risk covid.
Currently people can’t self refer until later in the week but a lot of people involved in their care can so please see below.

Please help to urgently promote that NHS healthcare professionals and social care staff can now refer people for help from the NHS Volunteer Responders through an easy-to-use weblink:

goodsamapp.org/NHSreferral 

The service is for patients who need to self-isolate due to health reasons and need support to do so via collecting shopping/medication, transport  home from hospital and to medical appointments, and ‘check-in and chat’ phone calls to prevent loneliness. Further details here: 

https://bit.ly/3e5vOPj

Please see the attached document for local support information:

Attachments:

With the end in sight, the support need isn't going to be over. We have bereaved and long-term handicapped in our midst, and a lot of less vissible psychological damage. It may be useful to get together with your surgery to learn appropriate first aid support skills as the professional services are going to be overwhelmed. The bereavement charity Cruise comes to mind, and I believe St Johns Ambulance may be teaching trauma first-aid. Perhaps our leaders can pull an Authorised Version together.

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