News - February 2020

Coronavirus advice

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.

 Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Advice for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open
  • Wales: call 111 (if available in your area) or call 0845 46 47
  • Northern Ireland: call 0300 200 7885


Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs

  • How to avoid catching or spreading germs


  • 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 immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean





Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

Express your gratitude...

Saying “thank you” and “please” are like the oil that lubricates the engine of human interaction. Works every time!
Telephone a lonely person.
There is always one person in your group of acquaintances who is lonely and isolated. Try calling him or her, every now and again.
Any small change?
When you see all those coins which are a real nuisance, pop them into a charity box.
Invite someone to dinner.
Choose a co-worker or neighbour who you feel is rather lonely and offer them your hospitality.
Help a disabled person.
Offer to push a wheelchair, help them across the street or fetch their medicines.
Reach out to a person in need.
Do you know someone who is ill or in hospital? Reach out by choosing one of these:
· Send them a text message
· Phone them
· Send flowers
· Send a card

Hold the door open.
No matter who it is, hold the door open.
Pay a few compliments.

Smile more often.
Try walking down a corridor at work and smile all the way there. You might be surprised at how many smiles you get back. It is infectious!
Teach your kids kindness.
If you are a parent or work with young people in a youth organization or at a school, raise awareness about the needy. Encourage them to give away their old toys and books which are still in good condition.

Compliment a colleague or a friend.
Offer your place in the supermarket queue.
When you see someone getting anxious in the queue, let them go first.
Buy someone a coffee.
When you go to the coffee machine and see a colleague there, offer to buy her a coffee. If you are going to the water cooler, try offering to get someone else a cup of water while you’re on your way.
Offer to do the shopping.

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

Coronavirus latest information and advice

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms. Can be found on the following website:-

The regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.


The government has issued clinical guidance for the detection and diagnosis of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and infection prevention and control.

Please follow this advice.

Caring is sharing !

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile.

Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding.

Volunteer today, make a difference.