At Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’ve been concentrating on two main areas of work since the beginning of Lockdown. Firstly, we’ve been communicating through our website and email and postal newsletters, aiming to keep vulnerable people in Calderdale as up to date as possible with the information that they need to know. Secondly, we’ve been joining other charities and volunteer organisations in working with Calderdale council, helping to identify priority issues and sharing information and resources.
Here’s an update from our latest virtual meeting with the council and other groups:
Calderdale’s National Shielding List now totals over 4,500 individuals, of whom over 3,700 have been contacted.
The Social Care Hub has received almost 1,000 referrals to date. They are finding that weekends much quieter, but that there has been an increase in psychological/emotional needs in the last couple of weeks. The majority of those referred have had no previous support needs. The Council are also checking on existing service users.
The Volunteer Hub has had over 700 referrals. Again, emotional support needs seem to be increasing with signposting to other support sources continuing to be the main method of help. The need for food parcels continues across the area.
Upcoming Information and Communication (which we will publish here) includes information for Direct Payments users, covering issues like charging, ID, PPE, and testing.
Testing – Covid 19 testing for care staff locally has begun to be rolled out for those that are symptomatic. This is both for council staff and for staff from independent sector care
providers. As from next week therefore, the CCG will co-ordinate. This will be in line with the expanded group eligible for testing, including all care home residents, staff and family