Statement from Knowle West Health Association:

We are sad to announce that we will be temporarily putting all our groups on hold until further notice due to the Coronavirus official advice from the government this week. we have also made the difficult move to close the office and work from home to do our part to social distance. There will be attendance by a few staff members on a weekly basis to check messages , emails and to contact our most vulnerable to check in. While this is a time to social distance as a life saving measure for those most vulnerable in society we also want to be able to serve the community, so we have been able to continue the counselling service by telephone/Skype which is so important at such a challenging time for those with depression and isolation already. We will also be ensuring the most vulnerable among those we engage with in our groups are supported. We want to also work with our neighbouring organisations to offer support and will do this to the best of our capacity. For now we would like to say – stay safe, and take care of those you have around you that are most in need, we all need to pick up a dust pan and brush each and do what we can but also not burn out as this will be a marathon and not a race and we must all preserve energy between us. One thing that can manifest from the fear and panic and overload of information is the sharing of unconfirmed medical advice. It is well meant but please ensure that whatever you share is official guidance so we can be helpful not harmful. For any enquiries over the coming weeks please email or call 01179639569 and we will pick up messages and get back to you as soon as possible. Wishing you care and safety until we are all back on track again- which we will be.

Kindest regards

Rhianan Lowes – Manager , Knowle West Health Association