Something that we’ve been really aware of here at Healthwatch Torbay throughout this horrible crisis has been the tremendous advice and support offered by community groups, big and small, across the bay.
Meanwhile, our latest weekly newsletter highlights assistance aimed at people as we gradually – and tentatively – ease our way back to some kind of ‘normality’.
For example, if you’ve been receiving free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care from the National Shielding Service, you probably know that these will stop from 1st August.
The government are encouraging you to still take precautions when you go out. Wash hands regularly, avoid touching your face and keep two metres away from people who are not part of your household or bubble.
But, if you’re concerned about these changes and need help, contact the Torbay Help Hub by following the link below or contact the Torbay Council Shielding Hub on 01803 208200.
I’ve been impressed, too, by the crucial part played by local shops in keeping us fed and watered, from corner shop grocers to newsagents, from bakers to community-supplying butchers like my own local one, Prentice in Belgrave Road: excellent quality, genuinely friendly – and free local delivery!
To find out much more about all that’s on offer to help us across the bay, you can sign up to our Healthwatch Torbay newsletter by visiting our website: https://healthwatchtorbay.org.uk
We’d also, love to hear from you about your experiences using health and social services throughout this challenging time.
Bob Jope: Healthwatch Torbay
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