Initially, the support group will be distributing ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE Contact Cards’ to all households. These laminated cards explain that volunteers from the Great Coxwell Support Group will be in touch in the next few days. The reverse of the ‘You are Not Alone’ contact card is a picture of a daffodil. It can be displayed in the window by any villagers who need help. Volunteers will check households each day and look out for the daffodil card in windows. The ‘You are not alone’ contact card, is a failsafe method of making sure that people get help. We anticipate that that most people will use the phone or email to contact their volunteer and trigger the help they need.
Each Volunteer is being asked to monitor a number of houses in the village. They will give their contact details to each house they have been allocated on what we have called the ‘VOLUNTEER CONTACT CARD’ which they will bring with them when they first introduce themselves. Some of the householders may already have a relative/neighbour who assists them. In such cases, we do not want to complicate, confuse or interfere with any arrangements that have already been put in place. However, your volunteer will be prepared to act as a backup should that first line of support not be available. Once the vulnerable households have been allocated between us, it is anticipated that the following happens:
1. Initial contact will be made by phone, email or a knock on the door. (Remembering the 2 metre social distancing rule.)
2. The householder will receive the Volunteer Contact Card, filled in with their volunteer’s details including phone number and address.
3. Volunteers will then keep a watchful eye on the houses they are allocated and will be prepared to received telephone calls and look out for the daffodil sign. It will signal for them to make contact if the householder has not already done so using the contact information left with them.
4. Please try to restrict the help you need to emergency help, shopping or prescriptions. We are volunteers and are not medically trained but are here to help in any way we can.
5. Volunteers will maintain the 2 metre rule and leave shopping at the door.
I would welcome any feedback you have, once we have launched the GCSG initiative. I am sure we will need to fine tune the plan as we go forward and develop our thinking in anticipation of some in the community contracting Covid 19.