I hope you’re all still staying safe (and sane!) in these locked-down days. Judging by what I see on my daily walks around my area, many people are using the opportunity and this long spell of beautiful weather to get on with all those jobs around the house and garden. I have rediscovered the pastime of knitting after a 40 year gap. One project finished and now waiting for a delivery of my next consignment of wool.
Adelyn, our secretary, sends me through information and useful links from time to time and in this email I’m passing on three of them.
1. ADVICENI HELPLINE
Need support due to Covid 19? You can now access a free Advice NI helpline for information & advice, available 9AM-5PM, 7 days a week.
Are you, or do you know a member of the community who could benefit from a food parcel at this critical time?
Food parcels are being made available to those in the community who cannot leave their home and do not have a support network of family or friends to help them access food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are currently receiving food boxes there is no need to take any action, however if you are facing issues around access to food, are not receiving a weekly food box and feel that you may qualify for one, you can contact the free COVID-19 Community helpline, where an adviser will be happy to discuss this with you.
0808 802 0020
ACTION to 81025
2. COMMUNITY CONTACTS
A useful directory of local support organisations compiled by Antrim and Newtownabbey Council available HERE
An online forum for older people. You can just go on and read what’s there at https://greysnet.com/ or you can sign in order to contribute to the chats or other content. One member, John, has put up a nice, easy-to-follow video, John’s Guide to Greysnet, showing you how to join.
That’s it for today.
All the best to everyone.