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Coronavirus: Day services for adults with learning disabilities and older people continue throughout Lockdown

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Shropshire Council will be continuing to support adults with learning disabilities and older people who attend our day services, throughout Lockdown.

Abbots Wood, Albert Road, Aquamira, Avalon, Greenacres, Helena Lane and Wayfarers will continue to run their daytime activities. Staff will also be on hand to support people and their families during the latest period of lockdown, particularly if people are self-isolating or shielding, and will be contacting everyone who uses the service, to see how best to do this.

All activities provided at day services are done in a COVID-19-secure way, risk assessed, and public health guidance from the Government is strongly adhered to at all times.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public heath and climate change, said:

“We know and understand that the current lockdown will have a huge effect on the services we deliver; however, I am really pleased that our buildings and spaces will be open for people who still wish to attend in person.

“We will ensure that we are supporting the people we work with and their families in a range of ways – though outreach activity, in the community and digitally.”

Peter Davis, who attends Greenacres Farm, added:-

“I love coming to Greenacres and seeing my friends, it helps me relax and I’m less anxious. I feel safe.”

Happy Boxes recipients

Happy Boxes recipients

The council’s day services teams are working in partnership with a range of community groups and organisations to design creative and high-quality activities and projects that can be delivered safely during the pandemic. The team started during the first lockdown with their Happy Boxes, which has turned into Good Things To Do At Home in partnership with Qube and Taking Part, and they will now be working on projects around staying active, gardening, cycling, and nature – all of which will have a digital and community focus, which is so important when the people we support often can’t spend time with us face to face and along with their families risk becoming isolated.

Further information

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For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating or shielding), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.