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Supporting vulnerable residents this Easter weekend

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As the long weekend approaches, we are urging residents to virtually check in with vulnerable friends or family members and support them if they need it.

Although unable to visit loved ones this Easter, residents are encouraged to use the telephone or social media to check-in on family, friends and neighbours to make sure they have any support they need.

Those vulnerable residents who are shielding or self-isolating and do not have the support of friends, family or a trusted neighbour can get help from the Bracknell Forest Community Response, a partnership between Healthwatch Bracknell Forest, Involve Community Services and the council. The initiative is also supported by the town and parish councils and more than 1,800 volunteers from the community, who have signed up to support the scheme.

The Bracknell Forest Community Response makes sure essential items, like food and medication, can still be accessed by those who are shielding and/or self-isolating during the pandemic. Residents can access this support by contacting Healthwatch by:

The council is also supporting thousands of residents who are classed as extremely vulnerable under the Government’s shielding initiative.

People who have been sent a letter from the NHS or have registered with GOV.UK as extremely vulnerable are being called directly by the council to check how they can be individually supported over the coming weeks.

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

“This Easter weekend will be unlike any other we’ve experienced, so it’s hugely important we all pull together virtually to support each other.

“The Bracknell Forest Community Response supports those who are shielding and/or self isolating and do not have a network of friends or family nearby to help them with getting food or vital supplies.

“If you know family, friends or neighbours who may be shielding and/or having to self-isolate, please do make contact via phone or social media – just giving them a call to make sure they have enough food and medication and aren’t struggling with social isolation can make all the difference.”

Chris Taylor, Healthwatch Bracknell Forest, said:

“The community response service will be open over the bank holiday weekend but please remember that other services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will be operating reduced opening times so some requests may take longer to fulfil than we would like.”

If you need support please visit our support for vulnerable residents webpage.