Let’s all support each other through this crisis
I know that many of us will be concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, as well as the “social distancing” we will all have to practice over the coming weeks and months. None of us will be alone in any of this. As my party’s spokesperson on housing and local government, I’ve been seeking assurances from the government about plans that can be put in place for anyone who is at greater risk of falling into poverty at this worrying time.
People over 70 or those with underlying medical conditions have been urged to stay at home for the next 12 weeks. I know that this will be daunting, but in spite of the worrying situation we find ourselves in, I’ve been incredibly inspired by how much people want to help their communities through this difficult period. It’s often observed that, in times of crisis, we can see the very best of humanity. Fred Rogers, an American television presenter, famously said that in these worrying times we should “always look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” In the past few days, I’ve been working with volunteers across the Caerphilly area to set up a network to help friends and neighbours who are self-isolating with tasks like shopping and going to the chemist. We have posters that people can put in their window to indicate that they are self-isolating and need help, as well as sign-up sheets for volunteers and guidance. Please get in touch with me if you either want to be involved as a volunteer or would like help from our scheme, my details are at the bottom of this column.