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Shielding paused for vulnerable adults from 1 April 2021
From 1 April the government has updated its advice to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people. CEVs will be subject to the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population, in line with the roadmap, but are advised to take extra precautions, for example to shop at quieter times, to keep themselves safe. The government’s decision is based on the latest scientific data and on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer.
As vulnerable residents come out of shielding on 1 April, it is important that they follow the local Coronavirus guidance to keep themselves as safe as possible:
- wash hands regularly
- wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces
- keep a distance of two metres from anyone you don’t live with
- work from home where possible
- only use public transport for essential journeys
- do not car share with anyone you don’t live with
- self-isolate if you have symptoms of Coronavirus and book an NHS Test and Trace test
CEV residents are being advised to take extra precautions, such as continuing to shop online or going out shopping at quieter times, keeping social interactions to a minimum, and continuing to work from home if possible. Letters have been sent to CEV patients from the NHS detailing the updated guidance.
After 31 March, if you are struggling as a result of Coronavirus and do not have anyone to turn to please get in touch with our team here at Wyre Together on 01253 89 10 00.
Additional support for residents
We are working together with local partners to ensure our residents are supported. There are a number of things you can do and people that you can contact to access support, such as:
- Shop Local. Many local bakers, butchers, chemists etc offer home deliveries, contact them directly to ask about availability.
- Register online for an account with your local supermarket – this will mean that if you need to shop online and book a delivery slot for food, the process will be quicker. You can find some really helpful guidance on how to shop online at https://www.learnmyway.com/courses/online-shopping/
- Contact the NHS Responders scheme to access a local volunteer to help you with your shopping, picking up your medication or for a regular befriending phone call.
- Contact Lancashire Volunteer Partnership who can provide some company through a friendly chat on the phone.
- Age UK provides support for residents in Wyre in need of help with shopping, medication or support to prevent loneliness.
- Age Concern has a coronavirus support form for people to access help with shopping and medication plus specialist dementia care and support.
- We work closely with Fleetwood Together, who are providing emergency support with food during the pandemic. To access this support, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Poulton CAN is a volunteer led community group who aim to help those within the Poulton and Carleton areas who are at risk, self-isolating and in need of support. They can provide support with shopping, collecting medication or a friendly call. To contact call 01253 67 08 00, or e-mail Poulton.email@example.com
- Ncompass provide information, advice and a wide range of specialist support services designed to help carers and reduce the impact the caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing.
- Alternatively, if you are in need of support and do not have anyone to turn to, please get in touch with us by calling 01253 89 10 00
Test and Trace support payment
If you can’t work because you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and you can’t work from home and are on a low income, you may be able to claim for help. A support payment scheme is now open which will see eligible people able to claim a £500 payment to help them self-isolate. There are criteria you must meet, find out if you’re eligible and apply using the form:
Further financial support
If you need to access employment support or help to claim benefits, please use the following links:
- Citizens Advice Lancashire
- Universal Credit
- Help with council tax
- Help with rental costs
- Check if you are eligible for statutory sick pay
- Age UK
- Age Concern’s coronavirus support scheme
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