Update (12th April 2020)
As we head into an extended period of ‘lockdown’ we would like to assure you all that we remain committed to supporting and improving areas of concern in the community.
At this time, the focus is on mitigating the spread of COVID19 amongst our community and beyond. We are all being asked to stay at home and to practice “social distancing” if it is necessary to be outside. While this is frustrating for many, it is worrying particularly for those who are unable to get shopping and medicines under these conditions.
Family, friends and neighbours have been helping those who are ‘shielding’ or in self isolation and, we have a pool of local volunteers ready and actively providing support to vulnerable and elderly members of our community with these essential requirements.
A host of information is also available from:
Links for help if you have been affected financially:
Details of shielding support for vulnerable people, food and medicine deliveries and other support services:
•https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/ and Money Talk Team, Citizens Advice Scotland. Call 0800 085 7145 or visit https://financialhealthcheck.scot/home
On a more practical note, all this handwashing has resulted in distressed skin! NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Dermatology team has issued some top tips for keeping hands healthy in response to COVID-19.
While it’s crucial for us all to be washing our hands more often, many will also have experienced symptoms of dermatitis such as dry, itchy skin, rashes and/or swelling. Here is some practical advice for ensuring we are able to keep hands clean – in line with national guidance – while also maintaining our hands in good condition!
• Wash hands regularly with soap, paying attention to areas between the fingers and around the nails, for 20 seconds. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
• Apply moisturiser after drying your hands. This should be fragrance-free. You might want to use a greasier moisturiser at bedtime under cotton gloves (or socks) if hands are particularly chapped.
• Avoid any wet work if your skin is very dry or splitting.
• Try to wear gloves for household chores.
• Avoid unnecessary tasks that add extra stress to the hands e.g. use of bleach, painting and decorating, gardening, car washing etc.
• Mild topical steroids can be purchased over the counter from community pharmacies which can be useful if skin itchy or inflamed. Use twice a day for a week whilst adhering to good hand care rules. Stay safe
16th March 2020
Volunteering to help the vulnerable and elderly in our Community (Yorkhill, Kelvingrove & Finnieston)
It is anticipated that the COVID19 virus will spread over coming weeks. People who are most risk of developing severe illness are already being asked to engage in “social distancing”. Self isolation for vulnerable groups may however be inevitable and this brings other risks physically and mentally. Having essential medication, provisions as well as social contact are necessary to maintain health and well being.
A group of volunteers have already convened to support vulnerable and elderly members of our community with these essential requirements. The group is affiliated with YoKeCoCo and are looking for more volunteers to offer time and / or resource to make sure no-one in our community is neglected as a result of self isolation.
If you are already aware of / provide support to vulnerable or elderly neighbours, this is a time when more / wider support may be required.
If you wish to volunteer, please contact: 07413536011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have been advised to self-isolate and require assistance, please contact: 07413536011 or email@example.com
In the meantime, EVERYONE is advised to follow this advice:
- Avoid direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth,
- Maintain good hand hygiene – wash hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, going to the toilet and before to eating or drinking.
- Use alcohol hand sanitiser when it is not possible to wash your hands.
- Avoid direct contact with people with a respiratory illness and do not use personal items belonging to them such as a mobile phone
- Covering your nose and mouth with disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw used tissue way in a waste bin after use.
- If you have symptoms including fever, dry cough and/or breathing problems not previously experienced, you should self isolate for 7days from when your symptoms started. Seek medical advice via phone or email.