SWD Support and Suggestion Boxes

2nd April 2020

The following is from Social Services:

In these difficult times when the community is hunkering down and adhering to social distancing and, in some cases social isolation, it can seem an exciting time to some people.  But for many it may also be an anxious time, there may be other concerns and issues underlying the façade of normality.  For these families being in a house, 24 hours a day, with the stressors and tensions this brings, it can be a fearful time, frightening even.  

There may be concerns relating to the possible financial implications of not working or issues around alcohol or drug misuse and what if one parent is an essential worker and the other is left to occupy the children all day.  There are many different stresses that may impact on families and in this time of social distancing and isolation, it can heighten tensions and in some cases become very risky situations for all concerned.

For this reason we, as multi agency professionals are reaching out to the community to offer a helping hand, support where it is wanted and advice where it is required.  What we are doing as professionals across the community is asking that anyone who requires help, support or advice to contact us and let us know how we can help; it is that simple because we can’t help when we don’t know.

So, if you, or a friend need anything at all please just write your name, contact number or email address and a time that is safe to call and we WILL call.

As a multi-agency approach we have left boxes in which to put your slips of paper into – you cannot miss them, they are colourful and fill you with hope and joy and as the children who decorated said; Be Kind and Stay Safe.  The boxes will be emptied every day, so give us at least one days’ notice if you ask for a call and they will be placed in the following shops;
⦁ The Chandlery
⦁ The West Store
⦁ The Kelper Store
⦁ IJS Reception

In addition to this, we would also ask the community to offer US advice; what can we do to help, how can we, as professionals, make this time easier?  If you have any ideas or suggestions you would like to make, please, put a slip of paper into our box and let us make things better for everyone where we can.