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Long Covid help and support group formed in Warrington

ByJulie J. Helfer

Feb 16, 2022

A NEW group to provide invaluable support to Warrington residents affected by the long ‘devastating’ Covid has been launched.

The self-help group was set up by Warrington Hospital, Warrington Borough Council Welfare Service, Warrington Disability Partnership and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group.

Bi-monthly sessions allow people to meet others affected by Covid-19 in an informal and welcoming setting, where they can share their experiences, get advice and access a range of support services.

Staff will be on hand to ensure people are able to discuss the issues they are facing and access the support they need.

The group was supported by Warrington Mayor Cllr Maureen Creaghan, who worked with partners to create the group after speaking to residents whose lives have been severely affected by the disease and its aftermath.

“Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on the lives of so many people,” she said.

“It is absolutely vital that everyone affected has a voice and can get the help and support they need to move forward.

“It’s so important for us to bring people together so they know they’re not alone.

“That’s what this group is all about – to give locals a forum where they can talk to others who may be experiencing similar challenges, access support and advice, listen to others’ stories and share their own experiences.”

Dave Thompson, co-founder and chief executive of the Warrington Disability Partnership, added: “As an organization we know the devastating effects Covid-19 has had on the community we serve.

“Many people who have had Covid for a long time present difficulties aligned with long-term health problems, which we have three decades of experience in managing.

“Starting by offering a listening ear and mutual support, we hope that self-help groups will show people that they are not alone and that there is help at hand.”

Sessions will take place on Fridays at the Warrington Disability Partnership Center for Independent Living on Beaufort Street in Sankey Bridges.

The group is open to anyone recovering from illness or suffering the effects of long Covid, as well as those providing care to family members and friends.

The next meetings will take place between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. online via Zoom, and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. face-to-face, on February 18, March 4 and March 18.

Booking is required to attend, and this can be done by calling Leigh on 240064 or emailing [email protected]