Responding to those who are Isolated

Hello,

I hope you are keeping well? Just a quick but important message.

As you know most people are in varying degrees of social isolation in order to prevent contracting and passing on the Coronavirus. Our special concern as a Christian community needs to be those who are elderly or vulnerable. While it is true that most of the people in this category will have family and/or carers who will look in on them daily, we should not automatically presume that this is the case. There may be some who have no one to get them groceries, or simply to check in with them to see how they are coping. It is important that we identify people like this as quickly as possible.

My suggestion is that each of us try and identify neighbours or others in the community who may be elderly or vulnerable with no support in terms of family or carers, perhaps, for example, those with early onset dementia or any person who would not be able to care for themselves. Our response would not be to rush in there–it is vital that the social distancing restrictions are respected, otherwise more damage that good could be done. We should also be careful always to respect the privacy and dignity of each person, so discretion and tact needs to be exercised. There is no need to go looking for problems where there are none.

The best thing to do would be either to try contacting any one you are concerned about by phone or find someway of contacting them without violating social distance restrictions. If there are people needing assistance we can arrange to have volunteers to delivery groceries. Contact the parish office on 02085781363.

If you have established that the situation is more serious you may need to contact Ealing Council Social Care Customer contact centre (Tel: 020 8825 8000) or the NHS (Tel: 111).

God bless you all,

Fr. Eugene.