We’re nearly the end of another week of staying at home to help lessen the impact of the coronavirus and I know many of us are still getting used to this new, strange but temporary world.
We have made huge changes to our lives such as staying inside for most of the day, working from home, home schooling our children and, perhaps the hardest of all, not seeing loved ones. In doing so, we are supporting the NHS and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities, so I want to thank each and every one of you who continues to adhere to the regulations.
I want to reflect on the stories of compassion, generosity and thoughtfulness I have heard this week.
Empire Fighting Chance, a charity that works with those who are on the verge of school exclusion, are still going above and beyond to support young people by offering 1-2-1 support and therapy sessions via video conference, launching a library of online training videos to keep kids active and ensuring the right people in our communities are receiving food parcels.
I was also impressed to hear about the UWE students who raised over £200 and purchased essential food to support local food banks and provide much needed help for local families. I know many others in our communities are helping vulnerable and elderly neighbours, and it is this kindness that will help us get through these uncertain times.
As the weather improves and a Bank Holiday on the horizon, now is not the time to become complacent. We need to continue to stay at home in order to support the NHS, police, emergency services and other key workers. Avon and Somerset Police and I will continue to work in partnership with local people; we are stronger when we work together.
Stay home and save lives.
Posted on Thursday 2nd April 2020