• OTRA Coronavirus Neighbourly Care

    Please look out for each other and our vulnerable residents

    If you would like any help with supplies or just a chat, we have a list of volunteers see here

    We have started a discussion on the forum for residents who are registered with OTRA see here

    Please look out especially for the more vulnerable residents - help with shopping, keep in touch if they are in isolation - do whatever you can do to help.

    Disinfect surfaces and shopping brought into your house. Wash your hands frequently especially after touching something handled by somebody else (letters, money, shopping items etc.)

Protecting the Isolated and Vulnerable During the Covid 19 Outbreak

RichardSharman

Resident
Diane and I are over 70 so classify as "aged", but we are fit and healthy (especially as I continue to recover from my operation recently) and want to try to maintain our independence as much as possible. On the other hand, with our age and my asthma history we neither of us want to contract this particular virus as the risk of complications is clearly significant. So it is very comforting to hear that many people in the triangle are happy to help people like us, and we are very grateful to those who have already approached us - your thoughts are much appreciated. Diane made use of the Waitrose "elderly hour" 8am-9am today and it seemed to be very well run with checks on the people who turned up, and limited entry numbers. There were some empty shelves, however. We'll probably try that again next week, but there could come a time when we need help, and it's great to know that there is this possibly. Thank you all.

regards, Richard
 

StevieG

Resident
Hi, we are very happy to help out with shopping/errands and anything else that helps people stay safe, so please add us to the helpers list.

Steve George (07772532451)
Nat George (07968369311)
 

Victoria

Resident
Everyone who’s over 70, however fit and well, is in the high risk group so please, please avoid going out if you possibly can - apart from to exercise. There are lots of people here willing to help so there shouldn’t be any need for anyone to go to the supermarket or other shops.
I don’t want to scaremonger, but as a frontline doctor I know that there are going to be difficult times ahead, and hard decisions to be made. Please don’t put yourselves at risk. We need to protect each other and also the resources in the nhs.
 

Pete Thomas

Committee
Conservation
Have just received details of this App for self reporting symptoms from GP daughter Charlotte. Best wishes,
Christine

Help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well . Download the app
https://covid.joinzoe.com/
 
Diane and I are over 70 so classify as "aged", but we are fit and healthy (especially as I continue to recover from my operation recently) and want to try to maintain our independence as much as possible. On the other hand, with our age and my asthma history we neither of us want to contract this particular virus as the risk of complications is clearly significant. So it is very comforting to hear that many people in the triangle are happy to help people like us, and we are very grateful to those who have already approached us - your thoughts are much appreciated. Diane made use of the Waitrose "elderly hour" 8am-9am today and it seemed to be very well run with checks on the people who turned up, and limited entry numbers. There were some empty shelves, however. We'll probably try that again next week, but there could come a time when we need help, and it's great to know that there is this possibly. Thank you all.

regards, Richard
Hi Richard and Diane,

I am on the OTRA volunteer list for errand support and am also registering for the recently launched NHS Volunteer Responder scheme. I am happy to run groceries for you. Just let me know. 07366078215. From the information you have provided, I do not think it is advisable for you go to Waitrose yourselves at this current time.
 

RichardSharman

Resident
I am suitably chastised ! Yes, Victoria, you are right, and my daughter (in NZ) is also berating us for going out ! But I am sure everyone realises that we, of the grandparent generation, have spent our lives looking after others, our children when they were young, our parents when they were old, and we've never ourselves been at risk of anything much. So, it's hard for us to re-orientate to the changed circumstances of the current situation. In fact, this year was the first time I was ever in hospital for anything ! But I certainly don't want to succumb to anything now. We are in awe of the great work being done by the front line health workers of all kinds.

So thank you, Steve, Andrew, and Carol, for your offers, it is very much appreciated, and we may well need that help soon. As a result of a certain amount of cautious retention (well, alright, "stockpiling") during each of the various Brexit scares, we are reasonably well provided with non-perishable goods, but of course it is the perishable items, fresh fruit and veg, milk, eggs, and so on that we are likely to run short of (as I fully expect are others). Thanks again, and we will be in touch.
 
Hope to hear lots of people around the triangle applauding the NHS at 8pm tonight! If you haven't heard about it,see the link below or just come out on to your front porch at 8pm to applaud.
 
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