“Spread Kindness not the Virus”
To support vulnerable residents across Bispham and Ingthorpe wards, Empowerment Charity/Healthwatch Blackpool will be operating as a hub to support our local people in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
*Please note this will be done remotely and we can not support any guests that come to the Empowerment Base*
There is a network of these hubs in operation across Blackpool to provide essential support to households that are unable to leave their homes due to enhanced health risks. This support is being directed by Blackpool Council with support from the third sector across the town. Bispham and Ingthorpe is being led by Empowerment Charity/Healthwatch Blackpool with support from partners operating from the Empowerment Base.
Who can join to support delivery?
Please note, to comply with the UK’s current ‘Stay at Home’ rules you can only volunteer to carry out those tasks which involve leaving your home if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:
- You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anybody in your household
- You are under 70
- You are not pregnant
- You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) including:
- long-term respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
We also ask that if anyone within your household unit has any of the conditions outlined above that you do not volunteer. By supporting this programme, you are exposing yourself to a higher risk of catching and transmitting coronavirus (COVID-19).
How we will operate
To support the delivery of this programme all staff and volunteers must undertake an induction that outlines how each part of the process works. This is to protect yourself and ensure we are doing everything we can to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our community.
If staff and or volunteers do not follow all of the key operating procedures then they will not be allowed to support the programme. This is to protect yourselves and protect the most vulnerable people in our community.
You must not volunteer, or turn up for your shift if you or a member of your household unit has any new symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) such as a cough or high temperature. If this is the case it is critical that you self-isolate and follow key Government and NHS guidance. By coming to support this programme if you, or a member of your housing unit has any new symptoms you are putting the whole Hub and local community at risk.
If you would like to volunteer please contact Blackpool Council on : firstname.lastname@example.org
Or fill out the online form here: https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Campaigns/Coronavirus/Help-needed.aspx
If you need help please call Blackpool Council on: 0808 196 30 80