Hockham Good Neighbour Scheme
What different times we are currently living in, but be assured, the residents of Hockham have got together to try and ensure that everyone in need knows there is local help at hand.
In an emergency you should still always dial 111, or 999 to get the emergency services, this does not change.
However there are now other communication streams exclusively for the residents of Hockham Parish, with a team of healthy helpers organised and ready to try and help those that are vulnerable, or forced to self-isolate, whilst this disease is with us...
We have set up the following methods of communication;
This email address email@example.com
A daytime phone line 07747 652907
This web page, which will be updated as the situation develops.
The email address or the phone should be used when someone in self isolation, or vulnerable, has a problem they cannot deal with themselves and needs someone to assist them, like getting some shopping, or collecting a prescription if allowed. If in doubt please just ask!
Please don’t let this stop arrangements that you already have in place with family, friends, neighbours etc. this is not a replacement for that, it’s in addition to...
To reduce the number of phone calls we would ask you to email your problem, but if email is not your cup of tea then don't hesitate just dial the daytime phone number above.
Once you have requested assistance the Hockham Good Neighbour system will kick in, most of our helpers have access to a WhatsApp group, so your individual request can be eaily dealt with by the group of helpers.
We already have a number of people who have advised they can help, but the more help we can get the better!
If you would like to join the helpers, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, mobile phone number and email address.
A coordinator will then send you the details of joining as a helper, which will include a vetting procedure, which we have to do to ensure every volunteer is genuine. There will also be a set of rules, which we will need to adhere to. If you don’t have a smart phone that can run WhatsApp, but still want to help, still please offer, but just let us know that in your email.
Current NHS Coronavirus Advice
Following the speech from the Prime Minister on March 23rd.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is seperate advice about:
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance
If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note, you do not need to get a note from a GP.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Advice accurate as of 21:00 26/03/2020.