A NEW group, aiming to provide invaluable support to those in Warrington affected by Long COVID, has been launched.
Commissioned by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the self-help group was set up by the Borough Council’s Wellbeing Department, in partnership with the Warrington Disability Partnership and the Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG ).
It aims to help people whose lives have been – and continue to be – impacted by the virus.
Fortnightly support sessions will allow people to meet others affected by COVID-19, in an informal and welcoming setting, to 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.
Held at the Center for Independent Living, the group is open to anyone recovering from illness or suffering the effects of Long COVID, as well as those caring for family members and friends.
The next meetings of the Long Covid Self-Help Group will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (online, via Zoom) and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (in person) at the Warrington Disability Partnership, Center for Independent Living, Beaufort Street, WA5 1BA, on the dates following appointments:
• Friday 18 February
• Friday March 4
• Friday 18th March
Reservation is required to attend. You can reserve your place by calling Leigh on 01925 240064 or emailing [email protected]
The group is supported by the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Maureen Creaghan, who worked with partners to help set up the group after speaking to a number of local people whose lives have been severely affected by the disease and its consequences.
She said: “COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the lives of so many people. It is absolutely vital that everyone involved 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 Warrington Disability Partnership, said: “As an organization we know the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on the community we serve. Many people with long-term COVID present difficulties related to 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.”
For more information on COVID-19 visit: warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-warrington, or the national website at gov.uk/coronavirus
You can also get wellbeing help, advice and support at warrington.gov.uk/warringtonwellbeing, while support for people recovering from COVID-19 is available at yourcovidrecovery.nhs .uk