Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Graveley Resident,

A Coronavirus Support group of 14 has been assembled and will provide point
of contact for all residents within Graveley. There are 95 householders
within the village.

Volunteers have been assigned a cluster of households to provide a point of
contact & support during this time. I’m sure a good proportion of residents
that are in self-isolation will have already made provision outside of this
arrangement but for those that haven’t, volunteers will aim to provide
assistance to those in self isolation or quarantine during this period,
referring onto other members of the support group as and when required.

Should volunteers become infected and find themselves having to quarantine
then they will step down from the group. It is hoped that new volunteers
will come forward to take their place. Where this arises those householders
that have lost their volunteer will be re-issued with a new point of
contact.

Residents are to receive two leaflets.

* Isolation support form, which details support volunteer name,
address and telephone number

* Three Horseshoes take away menu and provisioning service

Please keep these safe as we will not be making multiple repeat drops. You
may not need the information currently but should you need to fall back on
the village for support please get in contact with your volunteer.

Self-Isolating/Quarantining householders:

* When requesting food shopping residents are politely requested to
keep their shopping list simple & reasonable.

* Please try to work with the volunteer as to their preferred
supermarket for convenience and to minimise their risk of infection by
visiting multiple stores.

* Please advise your volunteer the method of payment in advance and
settle after delivery quickly.

* Payment by bank transfer is preferred, cash is acceptable but
please observe social distancing at all times.

* Handing off of shopping will be to the doorstep only and not face
to face.

* New shopping bags should be added to the shop on each occasion (do
not ask volunteers to re-use bags).

Prescriptions:

If repeat medical prescriptions are required householders will need to
complete the prescription collection slip nominating their volunteer by
agreement, with the volunteer requiring ID to collect (for controlled
drugs).

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

As the rate of infection climbs it is inevitable that volunteers may drop
out for a period of not less than 14 days. New volunteers will be welcome
especially those that have quarantined and are considered immune to further
infection. Please contact me directly or your nominated volunteer if you are
able to provide support as described. We will need it, so please come
forward if you’re fit and comfortably under the age of 70.

The underlying basis of the support group is to:

* Slow the rate of infection so that our health service is not
overwhelmed

* Provide essential supplies to residents in self
isolation/quarantine so that they do not put themselves or others at risk of
infection by breaking quarantine.

Keith McConnell (Graveley PC) will post details of the village support group
to the village website shortly.

A HUGE Thank You!

Firstly to those in the community who are self-isolating over the next 12
weeks. This is no mean feat. We are indebted to you.

Secondly, to the first wave of volunteers that are running towards the
problem and not away from it. You are very much appreciated.

Graveley is a wonderful community, we will work together to overcome this
existential crisis with kindness, consideration, communication and planning.

If anyone is unable to contact their volunteer or wants to be added as a volunteer in case some are forced into self isolation then you should call Chris Bentley on 07809 076248

Graveley Parish Council