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messageWhat can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash March 14, 04:54PM

Dear all,

It's been really heartening to see the cropping up of Mutual Aid groups and members of the community turning out to support one another through this difficult time.

We local councillors are keen to do everything we can too.

The council has an information page which is updated regularly here: [www.southwark.gov.uk]

I am in discussions with fellow councillors about what the council can do to support the community. I'd love to hear your ideas. Do you have any suggestions?

I obviously can't promise to do them all but I'll do my best!

Best wishes
James

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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by ab29 March 14, 05:23PM

Any chance to make / encourage shops to ration food - pasta, rice etc? This situation really affects the elderly - there is nothing left for them to buy. Many are on their own and have nobody to help carry stuff home so they do their weekly shopping buying very little. Now even this little is impossible to find because of other people greediness.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Blackcurrant March 14, 06:15PM

Identifying buildings that can serve as short term emergency hospitals is the most important thing. Ideally close to normal hospitals.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Blackcurrant March 14, 06:16PM

And equipping them with beds or mattresses.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by colville09 March 14, 07:51PM

Supporting local food banks. Their donations from supermarkets must have dropped to zero. Food bank clients must be among the most frightened people at the moment. They were living on the edge before and have no resources to call on now.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by sdrs March 15, 12:17AM

Setting up a local food delivery service for the elderly, especially important as they will soon be advised or required to spend up to four months in quarantine. Leafleting households to make them aware of the service and making it as easy to use as possible for the elderly, who do not have access to or confidence using the internet.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Blah Blah March 15, 01:29AM

I second that. A service to help get food and other supplies to those having to self isolate with no resources to call upon for help. That can be just about anyone in genuine need, and not currently under any Adult Social Care package.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by singalto March 15, 09:46AM

Where is our local food bank?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by micromacromonkey March 15, 09:51AM

singalto Wrote:
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> Where is our local food bank?


[southwark.foodbank.org.uk]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Spartacus March 15, 10:56AM

James

Pausing things like the introduction of the cpz or consultations on healthy streets would be a good thing as people have other things to worry about at the moment rather than have they filled in a form,can't get online to get a permit or even can they afford a permit if their job is in danger (or getting a ticket because they were ill when the scheme starts)


It at seem like a petty thing but at the moment people need to reduce the things they worry about.

The ideas above to create temporary hospitals (maybe use pubs as no one can go out to them anyway if we isolate) are key and planning how to get food to those who need it most but taking into account some people aren't online.

Also look at how people with medical needs get treatment at home safely (boost district nurse support as hospital outpatient appointments are not always going to be possible )

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Tigres Pride March 15, 04:20PM

Certainly relax parking on residential streets. Drivers shouldn't need to worry about getting ticketed if they are delivering essential supplies to any quarantined households in areas they do not have permits for.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by EDmummy March 15, 05:35PM

Food vouchers for children on free school meals once the schools close. Many families rely on this cooked meal for their young people.

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Posted by Misslayton March 15, 08:44PM

Hello,

I have set up a Covid 19 Mutual Response group for Dulwich. If you think you can offer any help for our community during this difficult time, please post and share.

[m.facebook.com]

Thanks, Clare

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by first mate March 16, 07:20AM

To echo some earlier posts, I think Southwark should postpone CPZ implementation (for all the reasons described by other posters) as well as charges for the parks. My thinking is that for the elderly asked to self-isolate being able to drive to the park for a breath or fresh air or to walk the dog, is going to be much safer than using public transport.

If, despite everything, Southwark insist on forging ahead with CPZ it would be irresponsible at the moment.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by first mate March 16, 09:41AM

There are quite a lot of posts this am about no water and electricity on some roads. The Council are going to need to be very proactive about this sort of occurrence and the role of Councillors will be vital in ensuring incidents are dealt with ASAP.

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Posted by Rockets March 16, 07:27PM

The council needs to encourage people to do what we did today - get people knocking on elderly neighbours' doors and tell them that if they need anything all they need do is ask. Give them a contact number and reassure them that their neighbours are there for them. Many may be reluctant to acknowledge they need help at this point but just knowing that someone is willing to run to the shops for them and is looking out for them will be very reassuring especially when the directive for the elderly and vulnerable to isolate for 12 weeks comes into play.

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Posted by Soylent Green March 16, 07:39PM

Relax parking restrictions for medical staff so that they can get to work safely without risking contamination on public transport. With 2 major teaching hospital sin the borough, this is really important.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by DulwichBorn&Bred March 16, 09:46PM

Seriously have a word with the supermarkets to stop people selfishly buying up everything in store.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by sdrs March 16, 10:49PM

Getting local chemists to start delivering regular/vital medication to the elderly / vulnerable / self isolating who may otherwise run out or expose themselves to the virus to collect it from a pharmacy .

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by sdrs March 16, 10:52PM

Getting local chemists to start delivering regular/vital medication to the elderly / vulnerable / self isolating who might otherwise run out or expose themselves to the virus to collect from a pharmacy .

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by gromit3:16 March 16, 10:55PM

Southwark council should be contacting vulnerable people and the elderly. I think Its is awful that most people have been left alone and there is no help or advice from the local council.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by ED Bird March 16, 11:21PM

sdrs Wrote:
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> Getting local chemists to start delivering
> regular/vital medication to the elderly /
> vulnerable / self isolating who might otherwise
> run out or expose themselves to the virus to
> collect from a pharmacy .


We have a growing list of volunteers who are more than happy to deliver medication from our local chemists.

We have a spreadsheet with a list of volunteers {{covering all streets within Goose Green}} you can view via a link in our whatsapp group: [chat.whatsapp.com].

Kindest,
Heather {The Wingless Bird}



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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by ED Bird March 16, 11:26PM

gromit3:16 Wrote:
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> Southwark council should be contacting vulnerable
> people and the elderly. I think Its is awful that
> most people have been left alone and there is no
> help or advice from the local council.


A group of us have taken it upon ourselves to cover all streets within Goose Green. We're printing & flyering every street at the moment.

I guess the council could help in providing us with a printer? We're constantly updating our spreadsheet crossing off the streets we've managed to flyer. We're printing from our own home printers & meeting up in the evenings to provide others with flyers to distribute.



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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by first mate March 17, 06:55AM

Southwark has a team of community and parking wardens on scooters. They could be tasked with delivering leaflets and perhaps even collecting medication from pharmacies and delivering to elderly etc.. There will probably be other useful tasks they can perform.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Melihoople March 17, 07:28AM

first mate Wrote:
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> Southwark has a team of community and parking
> wardens on scooters. They could be tasked with
> delivering leaflets and perhaps even collecting
> medication from pharmacies and delivering to
> elderly etc.. There will probably be other useful
> tasks they can perform.


Actually such a good idea.

I'm very much in favour of suspending park charging if it allows at risk groups to get quality fresh air and those benefits.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Spartacus March 17, 08:59AM

James
You asked for and now have good ideas, but typically you haven't responded to any of them or said what the council is going to do

Step up and do your job as a councillor and respond to the community. Put out strong messages of reassurance on what actions the council are taking to support the community and vulnerable who have to self isolate !

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by rahrahrah March 17, 09:53AM

Anything the council can do to stop people creating food shortages through selfish hoarding would be welcome.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Blah Blah March 17, 10:34AM

It is not rocket science. The council are about to have a lot of vulnerable people getting ill with no means of buying food and toiletries because the shelves have been stripped bare by those in a better resourced situation.

The council needs to stop all non essential services and start focusing on a strategy to make sure people have everything they need to get through the next few months and stay well. I will be communicating that to my local councillors and advise everyone else does the same.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by fishbiscuits March 17, 10:55AM

As others have suggested, getting food and essentials to the elderly and vulnerable should be a priority. I doubt the council have the power to forcibly intervene in the supply chain, but if there's any way of convincing supermarkets to earmark n% of non-perishable food for this service, that would be amazing.

Ramping up Meals-on-wheels for the absolutely most vulnerable? e.g. over 80s or those with health or mobility issues, living on their own?

Another thought - when schools close (and also during Easter holidays), medical workers and other emergency services are going to need childcare provisions. They absolutely should NOT rely on grandparents for this. Maybe some schools and nurseries can temporarily be re-purposed as childcare for essential workers?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Blah Blah March 17, 12:06PM

Good point on the child care for essential workers and should be entirely doable. We need to hear local councils now make statements around action plans and see them lobbying government for the extra help they will need.

And to add that it is going to have to be local authorities guiding government on what is needed here, because we are being governed by those sheltered from the lives of ordinary people by privilege and antiquated ideas from the past around 'Dunkirk spirit' and all that. Boris Johnson is completely out of his depth.



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