BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR
Wales has a strong tradition of people helping one another and at this difficult time a lot of great work is happening in all our communities, much of which is organised at a local level, building on the trusted community links already in place.
Little things you can do for neighbours and yourselves
Do the little things, because when you add up all those small things they can make a huge difference.
Watch a short film from the Welsh Government on how you can help safely during the coronavirus pandemic
Do you know your neighbours?
If not, maybe send a note or card introducing yourself
Here’s a link to the #viralkindness cards designed in response to COVID 19
Do you know how they are?
Some people will not want to ask for help but might reach out if it’s offered.
Keep checking in with your neighbours, friends and family
Circumstances and how people cope with the pandemic will change. Staying at home for a long time can be a lonely experience and may impact on people’s wellbeing. Just saying hello and regularly checking in over the phone or social media is important - simple things like:
‘I’m popping to the shop, let me know if you need anything’
‘I’ve found things hard this week, how are you feeling?’
Help people by recommending information from some of the following:
Share accurate information
It’s easy to become worried by online information, some of which may be deliberately designed to mislead people.
Help your community by sharing trusted information from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, your local authority - Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Torfaen - Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.
Share positive messaging
Keep people’s spirits up and encourage people to stay mentally and physically active. People who have experienced staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning or watching films. Swap suggestions about how people you are supporting can keep themselves busy. If people are well enough; encourage them to do some light exercise and keep active around the home, perhaps by using an online exercise class
Become a Wellbeing Champion
Help yourself and your friends, family, neighbours and community; well over a hundred people already have signed up to become Wellbeing Champions - for more information, click here