The Spring sunshine is a welcome relief, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, as residents struggle to reorganise their lives. Colton Parish Council members have been working to set up arrangements for self-help and also to link into other facilities available in South Lakeland. Full details of all councillors are on the Parish website: www.coltonparishcouncil.org.uk.
Please do get in touch if you need any help with shopping, collecting your prescription, dog walking, setting up FaceTime or Skype, or just a friendly chat to keep in touch. For those self-isolating, sharing the experience with a friendly chat is of great value for your mental well-being which is as important as your physical well-being.
Neighbourly and family help has kicked in for some, with residents volunteering to shop and collect prescriptions. However, we are aware of possible gaps in the Parish. More volunteers are needed in some areas to be back-ups and help minimise the risk to those already helping. Please consider volunteering to collect for others less fortunate if you are in a position to do so.
Supermarket deliveries are part of the answer but slots and multiple orders are being restricted and sometimes difficult to get. Most supermarkets are offering priority slots if you are 70+ or vulnerable. The Parish Council has been in been in touch with some great local businesses who are happy to supply and deliver and a list of these is in the Community News section on the website, and via the links below. Please do use them as they too are local, and struggling to survive with the current restrictions. This list will be updated as more information comes in.
We may have particular problems in Colton Parish, being a rural community with many older residents, but we have great community strength and resilience and if we help one another, we shall get through this crisis.
Please follow government guidelines to help our NHS and to help save lives.