Covid-19 has forced us to make huge changes in every aspect of our lives. We have been apart from loved ones for months, many have been furloughed or lost their jobs, people have struggled with loneliness and anxiety, and thousands across Solihull and Meriden have had to shield.
Throughout lockdown our Key Workers and community volunteers have kept us going. They have continued to work in hospitals, schools, supermarkets, collect our bins, bring us our food and essentials and so much more. All whilst there was risk to themselves and their own families.
We have seen such incredible community spirit and it has been truly humbling to see the community pull together and to connect with each other on Thursday evenings as we clapped for our key workers.
Solihull and Meriden Liberal Democrats would like to thank you, each and every one of you for all you have done and continue to do.
Due to lockdown we have been unable to deliver a newsletter to residents in a long time.
We understand that this has been a difficult and worrying time for everyone and whilst we hope the worst is over, we still need to stay vigilant.
Here are some useful numbers in case they are needed in the future. If you or anyone you know needs help in any way, even if it is just a friendly chat, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Solihull Council: 0121 704 8001 / www.solihull.gov.uk/coronavirus/here2help
Age UK: 0800 678 1602 / www.ageuk.org.uk/solihull
Helping Hands Food Bank: 0121 711 7300 / http://renewalcc.com/helpinghands
Mind Mental Health Helpline: 0300 123 3393 / www.mind.org.uk / If an emergency then call 111.
Domestic Violence Freephone: 0808 2000 247 // Women’s Aid: 0808 800 0028/ www.bswaid.org
NHS Information about Coronavirus: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
For the latest local news and updates about council services see:
Online resources for you to use
These online resources are produced by volunteers and public bodies.
Please use them and share them with your friends and neighbours. We will be updating it regularly as more resources become available.
People may have concerns about transmitting the virus via paper. Current health advice is that delivering items to people’s letterboxes is ok, as set out in the Royal Mail’s statement on their continuing to deliver the post: www.royalmail.com/coronavirus
Where can I find the latest advice?
The latest UK Government advice is available at gov.uk/coronavirus
The latest England medical advice is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus
The latest Scotland medical advice is available at nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Taking sensible precautions while helping others
Please take all appropriate medical advice seriously before calling on anyone and look to emulate best practice, such as from online supermarket delivery services.
- Hygiene – washing our hands more regularly soap and water for 20 seconds. You may want to take hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol content) out with you.
- Social distancing – including not shaking hands with residents or colleagues, keeping 2m apart, leaving things on doorsteps
All across the UK communities and individuals are developing new ideas and new resources for how we can care for our neighbours at this difficult time. If you’ve developed a community resource and would like it shared on this site, email us at [email protected]