Horsham District Older Peoples Forum


You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. 

We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community: See ourwatch

Discuss with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be. These discussions can happen electronically where needed.

 If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.

Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.

Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 

Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. 

Learn how to self-isolate. 

Guidance on staying at home can be found on the NHS website

Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.

Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.     

 The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands

The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families 














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