By Annette Allan, Community Care Worker, ELHSCP
Neighbourhood Network members have been informed that Neighbourhood Networks can now offer Social Distance local walks on a one to one basis. We have, since Phase 2, encouraged East Lothian members who can utilise the two meter social distance spacing without observation to meet up for a social distance walk. This has been taken up by two members from the Tranent Network and two members from the Haddington Network.
Community Link workers have been on social distance one-to-one walks with several East Lothian members and are still offering shopping and prescription runs for members who are still unsure of getting back out and about and for those shielding.
The organisation has provided all our members across Scotland with two reusable facemasks in preparation for the further relaxation of Lockdown restrictions and to help increase their confidence with getting safely back out and about. The members have let us know that they really appreciated this. The majority of the East Lothian Members took part in the Soupathon held by Neighbourhood Networks on the 11th of June.
All of the members taking part were delivered a very ample package of ingredients with soup making instructions for those not able to take part in the live Facebook demonstration. The demonstration was recorded and can be accessed through Neighbourhood Networks Facebook page. The Soup pack also contained a few extra sweet treats and general grocery items not required to make soup, such as eggs and biscuits. In total over 150 soup packs were delivered to members throughout the organisation’s networks. The East Lothian member’s feedback that they were delighted with the soup packs and enjoyed making the soup.
There was also a virtual sunflower growing competition, which people enjoyed.
Neighbourhood Networks is slowly encouraging the members to become more digitally aware which is proving a challenge in the network. They are hoping that the newsletter being delivered to all members at the end of the reporting period, featuring a member from the Haddington Network digital progress, will encourage a greater uptake of interest for the other members.
Links have been established with Inclusive Images Scotland. An eight-week course is being held starting in July for members interested in photography and is run by Charlie Sherry. Inclusive Images is run by Charlie Sherry who is an accredited PhotoVoice trainer. The focus of the workshops will be what opportunities and/or challenges has the Covid 19 Pandemic offered us all. This will further enhance the new found digital skills of our members who also have a love of photography.
Neighbourhood networks have also provided other supports during lockdown, for example:
- 1-1 telephone contact
- Supporting service users to understand COVID 19 guidance
- Support with welfare concerns/pip assessments and appeals
- Shopping and prescription runs
- Vital Support to individuals with Mental illness
- Two reusable facemasks
- Support to purchase mobile devices