Dear residents,

These are unprecedented times

As local councillors for Winsford, we want to be as helpful to residents as we can be over the coming days, weeks and months.

That’s why we are writing to you today. We are contacting community leaders, local organisers and residents who have contacted us in the past to share this vital information and help it get passed on in our community. Apologies if you have received this more than once, please feel free to share widely.

Across our wards there are already streets, neighbourhoods and entire communities mobilising to support each other in the times ahead. This is absolutely fantastic and shows the true spirit of our area as we unite to tackle this virus.

Supporting your neighbours

If you have started a group in your street or if you are part of a church or community group that is planning to provide support for your neighbours, please consider joining the Coordinated Community Response. This initiative is seeing Cheshire West Voluntary Action, charities like Age UK, other voluntary groups, the council, the public sector, businesses and residents all coming together to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

To register your support for your community, please click HERE

You can volunteer if you have a little or a lot of time to spare. By working together on a coordinated community response, we have the best chance of meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst avoiding duplication, safeguarding vulnerable people, sharing high quality up to date information and ensuring no community is left behind. To be effective it is essential that all groups join the coordinated community response.

You should also take a look at this guide – it is useful for people who have started their own group, joined a group like Covid-19 Mutual Aid, or started a kindness campaign in their street: Please click HERE

Please consider posting the attached image to your social media feed to help publicise the coordinated community response.

A couple of things to remember

Do: keep safe, respect others, listen, act responsibly, and follow government updates.

Don’t: have physical contact with others, or go into other people’s homes, don’t share people’s names and addresses, don’t ask for or receive people’s bank cards or PIN.

Let’s keep everyone safe! If you’re supporting people, please ensure you take the relevant precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and before eating, drinking or touching your face
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away – wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Leave any of your good neighbour deliveries at the door.

Foodbank donations

Covid-19 will put pressure on people’s finances and result in people having to choose between paying the bills and buying food. Mid Cheshire Foodbank needs the support of our community now more than ever, they are struggling to get supplies due to supermarket panic buying. Supporting them will make a difference to local people in crisis.

If you are able to donate food please deliver to the Mid Cheshire Foodbank warehouse at Unit 14, The Business Centre, Barlow Drive, Winsford. During the crisis it is open weekdays from 09:00 – 14:00 for deliveries.

Important information

Our advice is to stick to credible information sources throughout this crisis. There is lots of misinformation on social media, but the council is working with Public Health England, the NHS and various government departments to collate important information for residents and businesses.

The Live Well website has key local information for residents on how to cope with the Covid-19 crisis: Please Click HERE

The Cheshire West & Chester Council website has information about Coronavirus in Cheshire West and has key updates on our local response: Please click HERE

If you own a business, or you are an employer or you are worried aspects of your own employment, there is some useful information and links on the council website please click HERE

Self-isolating due to Covid-19?

If you need help getting supplies please contact your local pharmacy, shop or supermarket – many are offering delivery options.

If you need a food parcel, please contact Mid Cheshire Foodbank:

Email: info@midcheshire.foodbank.org.uk

Facebook: @midcheshirefoodbank

Telephone: 01606 590 992

Take care of yourselves and each other

We don’t have all the answers, but we are here to help and can be contacted using the details below. Feel free to share this letter widely.

One final link that we would like to share is this post by Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council about our overall plan for this crisis. It is a useful article to reassure you of what we are doing to support residents across our borough, please click HERE

Best wishes,

Cllr Gina Lewis

Over & Verdin

E: Gina.Lewis@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

T: 07801 846 357

Cllr Joanne Moorcroft

Gravel

E: Joanne.Moorcroft@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

T: 07791 302 309

Cllr Mandy Clare

Dene

E: Mandy.Clare@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

F: @mandyclarewinsforddene

T: 07511 229 453

T: @Mandy4Dene

Cllr Malcolm Gaskill

Swanlow

E: Malcolm.Gaskill@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

T: 01606 863 575

Cllr Michael Baynham

Over & Verdin

E: Michael.Baynham@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

T: 07824 624 944

Cllr Nathan Pardoe

Wharton

E: Nathan.Pardoe@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

F: @NathanPardoeWinsfordWharton

T: 07917 754 771

T: @nathan_pardoe

Cllr Tommy Blackmore

Over & Verdin

E: Tom.Blackmore@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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