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Westgate on Sea Town Council: Taking action to support the community as coronavirus spreads

By Gill Gray Westgate-on-Sea Town Council

Tuesday, 24 March 2020


Westgate-on-Sea Town Council Contributor


With its high proportion of elderly residents, Westgate on Sea is urgently setting up support measures for those who have to go into self-isolation, because they have contracted the disease or are (like the elderly) at risk. The Town Council has therefore been busy contacting the local shops to see what support they can give. Some, such as food shops, have an obvious role to play, by keeping essential goods aside for the vulnerable, but others can also help for instance in delivering presents or general goods. The Council plans to put together a list of shop contacts and a short description of what they have offered. Please see provided link https://www.westgateonsea.gov.uk/community/westgate-on-sea-town-council-13327/volunteers/

Many residents depend on events such as coffee mornings and craft groups for social interaction, and so self-isolation brings not only an increased risk of loneliness but even a threat to mental health. Contacts will therefore be available for ‘friendly phone calls’, just so people can chat over the phone.

There are lots of offers to help from the many community organisations who are busy providing volunteers. A COBRA-style co-ordination group Wobra meets frequently to exchange information.

Contact with the town’s surgery is important in ensuring an appropriate response to the challenge of the epidemic. The surgery is operating normally, although it is asking for consultations to be by phone whenever possible.

The Lifeboat Project has been set up by Changing Minds Kent CIC to support those affected by, and currently living in, isolation because of the Coronavirus, and the Town Council is pleased to work collaboratively to help with this. This is a new community support project aimed at providing support to those who are facing isolation in the local community.

There are a growing number of volunteers who the Town Council will be co-ordinating and providing services such as picking up shopping, posting mail and collecting prescriptions for those who are in isolation because of coronavirus.

We are actively advising that people should follow Government advice at this time; the advice is regularly updated on our website and in our Town Council window.

Contact Information

Gill Gray

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