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Beth Martin, Healthwatch Co-Ordinator talks about her work with Empowerment’s partnership with Blackpool Council and CoronaKindness

The community spirit in Blackpool has been nothing other than inspirational and I am proud to work in a town that is promoting resilience at what is deemed an uncertain time for all.

Empowerment Charity and Healthwatch Blackpool are one of the twelve community hubs operational in our town, identified through the CoronaKindness initiative set up by Blackpool Council.

This network of support has highlighted to me the importance of connection, compassion and collaborative working at a time where it matters the most.

The goodwill and kindness of staff, volunteers and our community has been second to none. We have to date delivered to eighty nine grateful homes in our hub area of Bispham and Ingthorpe wards with thirty four people opting for weekly telephone contact.

As we know the virus does not discriminate, should you require support I urge you to reach out.

Please see some of my useful links:

  • Corona Kindness –  Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm call 0808 196 3080 or click here
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust helpline offers free emotional support to anyone in Lancashire or South Cumbria suffering from stress, anxiety or loneliness. Call 0800 915 4640 or text ‘HELLO’ to 07862022846
  • Citizens Advice Blackpool call 0300 330 1184
  • Universal Credit helpline call 0800 144 8 444
  • Cruse Bereavement Care call 0808 8081677
  • National domestic abuse helpline call 0808 2000 247
  • Childline call 0800 11 11
  • Healthwatch Blackpool will continue to update our website with useful support links and information. To see more click here

#stay safe #stay connected.

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