Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – it’s time for Tintagel to rally round!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – it’s time for Tintagel to rally round!
Never in peacetime has there been a more important moment for us to rally the community spirit of Tintagel and do all we can to support each other through the difficult weeks (probably months) ahead.

This week the parish council has ordered emergency supplies of toilet paper, soap and disinfectant which we’ll be distributing free to older people and some of the most vulnerable residents in our community. We’ve closed the Tintagel Visitor Centre and will be using it as a storage and distribution facility – we’ll bring you more news on this shortly.

In the meantime, local residents are already doing their bit to ensure anyone who’s in self-isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak doesn’t feel abandoned by their community.

In Trethevy, residents have set up a Facebook group offering to help anyone who’s self-isolating, particularly those who don’t have family and friends living locally. The “Trethevy Community” group has brought together a team of neighbours ready to provide support in the form of shopping, posting letters, ensuring the continuing supply of essential medications or simply offering a reassuring chat on the phone. The group provides useful information about local shops offering to take orders by phone and deliver to people’s homes – this could be crucial in the coming weeks as supermarkets become overwhelmed by panic buying and a huge increase in online shopping. For the benefit of people who aren’t internet savvy, the Trethevy group has delivered leaflets to more than 30 local homes offering help and providing a contact telephone number which residents can call for advice, help or just a listening ear.

We’d like to see residents all over Tintagel developing similar initiatives. We know we have a strong community here but we need to make sure no-one “slips through the net” and is left alone, isolated, afraid and without support at this very worrying time.

You may have seen on the news that a Cornishwoman has designed a print-at-home template which is what the Trethevy residents used to spread the word about their support group. They’ve had a really heart-warming response to their leaflet drop so you might want to do something similar. You can download the postcard here

People forced to stay at home and missing their daily walks, game of golf, local exercise class or whatever form of activity they normally do, may want to try these online exercises, developed by Age UK and specifically designed for older people to do in the comfort of their own home. We all know that loneliness is an epidemic in itself and there’s a real risk that it will get worse in the current crisis, especially with the latest Government advice to avoid all non-essential social contact. For older people with no-one to talk to there’s a free, confidential telephone helpline Silver Line which offers information, friendship and advice 24 hours a day.

Finally, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest information about how to prevent the spread of the virus and what to do if you fall ill. There’s a lot of conflicting advice and misinformation circulating at the moment so use the NHS England web site for the latest official advice.

Stay safe everyone and we’ll bring you more news in the next few days.