You are not alone

26.03.2020

We are all in this together.

As members of Age-friendly Cheshire West we are standing together to let you know that you are not alone.

Join us and let’s pull together, keep in touch and stay connected, so no one feels alone.

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt across the UK and it is a worrying and uncertain time but if we work together and look out for each other, no one needs to feel alone.

As we stay at home, many of us will miss getting out and about, socialising, seeing friends, family and colleagues or taking part in our usual activities or hobbies.

The current situation reminds us how important friendship and connection with others is in our lives and what it is like when it is no longer there or becomes difficult. It is something we can take for granted but is what daily life is like for far too many residents.

Staying at home means that it can be difficult to maintain our social connections and keep doing the things we enjoy. It can be particularly difficult if we are living alone.

We need to find different ways to keep in touch with others and stay active, happy and healthy.

On this page we will share information from our age-friendly partners about things you can do and about how you can help others.

We will share helpful information, hints, tips, blogs and links. We will also share good news stories to inspire you and encourage you through these difficult times.

Resources and advice for coping with coronavirus

eResources, culture from your home and Cheshire Archives

Cheshire West Libraries have a number of free online resources that you can access online at any time including eBooks, eMagazines, audio downloads and much more.

As many people are still looking for activities to keep connected and active during the time spent at home, the Cheshire West Arts team has put together a list of cultural events, activities and resources that can all be accessed from home.

Cheshire Archives have two resources which are both easy to use and make for a hours of exploring the past and the area that you live without having to leave the house.

Maintaining activities for older adults during COVID-19

The Health Innovation Network (HIN), the Academic Health Science Network for south London has created a resource for older people to help keep them active and well during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

We would love to hear from you. Help encourage others. Tell us about the creative things you are doing to keep in touch, keep active, help others and keep your spirits up.

How you can help others

Be Kind, Be Considerate, Be Neighbourly

  • Look out for each other, especially neighbours who may be self-isolating or in a high risk group and ‘shielding’.
  • Keep in touch, so that no one feels alone – pick up the phone, video call, use social media or write a letter.
  • Follow advice about how to stay safe and well .
  • Stay at home and save lives – make sure you follow the government instructions.
  • Help protect and support our NHS and social care staff and help keep yourself and others safe and well.
  • Think of others when shopping – be considerate, don’t buy more than you need, so there is enough for everyone. Keep your distance and respect dedicated shopping times.