Loneliness is set to be tackled by councils within the Staffordshire Moorlands. The extended isolation which the pandemic has brought about was a talking point at the latest Parishes Together meeting, which involves Checkley, Draycott-in-the-Moors, and Forsbrook parish councils.
Loneliness is set to be tackled by councils within the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The extended isolation which the pandemic has brought about was a talking point at the latest Parishes Together meeting, which involves Checkley, Draycott-in-the-Moors, and Forsbrook parish councils.
At their latest virtual meeting on Monday, March 22, a member of the public raised concerns about residents possibly feeling isolated with some may even fearing going out once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.
Brian, the member of the public, said: “I have been thinking more about the isolation of people.
“I am a volunteer with Moorlands Community Transport and I took a lady to hospital the other day, who said it was her first time out of her house in 12 months.
“I hope people are not going to be too frightened to get out.”
Councillor Keith Flunder said that he has been leading a working group to tackle loneliness for the past two years.
He said: “There will be links to support groups rather than just the NHS. The NHS is there to provide services and treatments and then to be aware of the services in the community – we should look to build it up.
“We need to provide better services, whether that be in Cheadle, Forsbrook, Tean or Draycott.
“One bad example of this, is when anyone comes out of hospital, they are only being put on an NHS list, but no one in the community knows that they are coming out of hospital.
“We are hoping that Staffordshire Connects and prescription service connect up to it.”
It was then suggested by councillor Ian Herdman to draw up lists of contacts from within the community to be given to those leaving hospital so that they can call someone on the list if they wish to.
Cllr Flunder said in response: “It’s gone past signposting, we would like to see navigation. It would be a simple tick tick situation.”
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