This update includes:
- A Summary of Recent Activities
- Information on Long Leys Resilient Community Volunteers
- Guidance for those supporting vulnerable residents
- Information on local meal/food deliveries and local services
LLRA wishes to thank all those in the Long Leys community who have supported COVID-19 response activities.
Summary of Recent Activities
COVID-19 is having an impact on the Long Leys community, with many residents needing to self-isolate and everyone encouraged to stay at home and maintain social distancing. The Long Leys community response to this has been very positive, with vulnerable residents getting willing support from family, friends and neighbours as well as care organisations. Long may that continue. In the last week, LLRA volunteers have undertaken four main activities:
- Building links: The primary link is with the Lincolnshire County Emergency Centre (CEC) which is responsible for the countywide response to COVID-19. CEC can provide access to national and local organisations who can deliver food and medical supplies along with health & social care.
- Communication within our community: All homes in the community have been encouraged to sign up for the Long Leys Community Email List. We currently have over 30% of homes on the email list and this is growing by the day. To subscribe, visit long-leys.org/subscribe
- Building a network of local volunteers: A number of residents have offered to help, if needed, with collection of food and medicines for vulnerable residents. Volunteer activity here is intended to supplement that of neighbours, friends, family and existing support organisations, not to replace it.
- Monitoring the vulnerable: Volunteers have been identifying contact details for vulnerable residents who do not have online access to the web to get information. These have mainly been residents aged 80 and over who either have no internet access or who are not comfortable with using it. All are currently getting needed support from friends and neighbours. If those providing support fall ill or have to self isolate in the future, LLRA volunteers will act as a fall back.
Long Leys Resilient Community Volunteers
To help with the COVID-19 response, Long Leys have been split up into blocks of 20-50 homes, each covered by a different volunteer. Between them, volunteers have delivered flyers to all homes in Long Leys, identifying themselves as the local contact and inviting those elderly and offline to call to give their contact details in case they need help in the future. Figure 1 below shows how the community is divided up by postcode. Homes past the bypass on Long Leys Road are covered by volunteers but not shown on map. Please refer to the flyer delivered to your own home, for the contact details of your LLRA volunteer. The general email contact for LLRA is LLRA@long-leys.org.
Guidance For Those Supporting Vulnerable Residents
When purchasing or delivering food, medicine etc, current guidance is to:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before delivering
- Observe the 2 metre social distance rule and when delivering shopping, put down the shopping on the doorstep, ring the bell and then retreat 2 metres (3 steps) from the door.
- And of course don’t do this if you feel unwell.
- Someone should always know where you are. Please carry a charged mobile phone with you at all times.
Information on Meal/Food Deliveries & Local Services
The Parish Church of Saint Nicholas, Lincoln has provided a list of those proving meal/food deliveries as well as Local Services. Information accurate as of 29 March 2020. See Local Food & Services List