Support for the shielders

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Residents who have been asked by the Government to shield at any time over the past year are invited to find out about the support available, listen to experiences from others and ask questions in an online event on Tuesday (March 9).

Bath & North East Somerset Council is hosting the online event for clinically extremely vulnerable people, featuring a panel of medical experts and people from the Community Wellbeing Hub.

There will be a chance for people to find out more about vaccines, mental health, managing financial concerns and accessing basic support.

The panel includes Councillor Dine Romero, council Leader and Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, together with representatives from the Hub, VirginCare, Bath Mind, and BEMS Medical Practice.

Jackie, a resident from North East Somerset, will join the panel to explain her experience as a clinically extremely vulnerable person and how she has adapted over the past year to life in lockdown.

The event will take place on Zoom on March 9 at 5.30pm. To register for the event in advance, visit this link.

Councillor Dine Romero said: “Many people over the past year have been asked to shield with new people recently being identified under the new shielding guidelines. It’s important we recognise the impact shielding has had on clinically extremely vulnerable people and try to mitigate it by connecting people where we can. As well as exploring how people have coped, we’ll also give an overview of the support available from the Community Wellbeing Hub and our other partners.”

The Community Wellbeing Hub is a collaboration of agencies across Bath and North East Somerset and was set up to support people during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find out more about the Hub here

Attendees won’t be visible and don’t have to say anything during the online session but will be able to submit questions in the chat box.