27th September 2020- We haven’t gone anywhere, friends. We are still thinking about you, and missing the companionship of our groups. We are in touch with many of you by phone and have been seriously impressed at your resilience and stoicism! You’re a tough lot, you older Yorkshire ladies and gentlemen!
This update comes as we enter the umpteenth week of our lives put on hold due to the Covid19 virus. Yes, it’s getting tedious. Yes, we’re fed up with daytime tv and no trips out. Yes, it’s simply horrible having to distance ourselves from people we want to hug, kiss and share good times with. Yes, some of us are really struggling with the whole thing. But you lot are amazing. You get on and put up. If you know someone who needs a few more phone calls or a friendly wave through the window now and then, please get in touch with us. We have a brilliant team of volunteers who are keeping in touch with our members just like that. Our small team of trustees had a virtual meeting recently to discuss possibilities of restarting a group or 2, but the further local lockdown restrictions mean that this cannot yet happen. Rest assured, ladies and gentlemen, as soon as we can get you together safely, we are on it!! Risk assessments are in place and we are chomping at the bit!
We are lucky to have beautiful countryside in our corner of Yorkshire, so throw your windows open or get outdoors when you can, to breathe our clean, fresh air.
We are also lucky to live in a place where neighbours talk to each other and are ready to help. The week lockdown was first talked about, 2 local groups of volunteers sprang up to help with shopping, prescription deliveries or friendly phone calls, and these are supported now by Kirklees Council. For relatives living further away, or for those local people who may not already know that help is available, here are the links to get help if you need it:
Help for residents of Meltham, Helme, Wilshaw, Healey Houses and surrounding areas:
Telephone: 01484 799505 / Text: 07520 631906
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help for residents of Holmfirth, Honley, Netherthong, Hepworth, Brockholes, Hade Edge, Upperthong, Thongsbridge, New Mill, Jackson Bridge, Wooldale, Holme, Scholes, Holmbridge areas:
Holme Valley Mutual Aid Group (This support is now coordinated via the local ‘Hub’, based at the Holmfirth Tech building.)
Telephone: 01484 212056 (the tech is on 686305)
Specific shops’ support:
So please, all of you, keep well, keep safe and reach out for help when you need it. The Friend to Friend Trustees and group leaders are all still here on the end of the phone if you just want a chat.
Til we meet again,