We have now established a ratio of hybrid meetings, with one in-person meeting to three on Zoom. Once we have the results of the survey, we will review the situation. Already, one suggestion has been put forward that we do half and half. Let us know what you think. If you haven’t completed the survey, please do so before the closing date Friday 12 November. (Link in article below)
The difference between the face to face meetings and those online is most striking. Once the notices and group business has been dealt with, the emphasis in face-to-face meetings is on social interaction…conversely, online meetings tend to be dominated by topics. It has been surprising how wide discussions have ranged…from useful tips on conserving hedgehogs to practical gardening advice. Serious issues like Climate Change. COVID, Government regulations, health concerns are regular topics. Viewing and reading recommendations are also common subjects. However, priority is always given to members’ individual concerns or appeals for help.
Digging Deep Stories in Clay
John and Sue took part in workshops run by Zeba Imam. ‘Digging Deep’ is part of the Crafts Council’s 50th Anniversary project…Make! Craft! Live! that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society.
Health Inequalities – Diabetes Survey
The FutureNHS Collaboration are looking for respondents to take part in this 5-10-minute survey to answer questions about access to healthcare and diabetes. Whether or not you are living with diabetes, we encourage people of all walks (be it NHS staff, service user or member of the community) and all ethnic backgrounds to participate. CLICK HERE
Healthwatch Survey – Primary Care
We have received a request from Healthwatch Stoke to circulate a link to their survey on Primary and Community Care. The future provision of primary and community care services is being considered, with the aim of offering enhanced services for residents as part of the Integrated Care System Plans. This is a chance to have your say….Your responses are anonymous. Please complete before 14 November. SURVEY LINK
OLGBT Survey 2021 – We would like to hear from you!
Thank you to everyone who has already completed our OLGBT Survey. If you haven’t already completed it, there is still time. Your responses are anonymous, and it takes less than five minutes to complete. Your feedback is important – it will help us to plan, prioritise and improve what we do and it may also help us to attract the funding we need to provide our meetings and activities for you.
All OLGBT people and supporters are welcome to take part, but the survey is only for individuals (not organisations). You don’t have to be a current user of our meetings and activities – we would still very much like to hear from you.
If you need help to complete our survey, please email your contact details to email@example.com A member will then email or telephone you to offer help or to fill the survey in with you.
Just click this link to go to our online survey form https://forms.office.com/
The survey is open for responses until Friday 12th November
It’s great to be out of lockdown but please remember that COVID hasn’t gone away. We currently have some of the worst infection rates in Europe but thankfully the success of the vaccination programme means that the number of people requiring hospital treatment is much lower than the last time that infection rates were this high.
Most of the people that end up in hospital with COVID are unvaccinated. So please, get fully vaccinated unless there is a medical reason you can’t and please also get your booster.
Vaccination will make it much less likely that you will be seriously ill if you get COVID but you can still get it and pass it on. It is possible to be infectious without feeling ill so if you are mixing with others at an OLGBT meeting or other social activity it’s a really good idea to do a home test for COVID beforehand. You may have heard these rapid home tests referred to as “lateral flow tests”. You can order free test kits online https://www.gov.uk/order-
A negative lateral flow test means it is unlikely that you have undiagnosed COVID but the tests are not 100% accurate. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of an illness, please do not come to an OLGBT meeting. Even if the symptoms are mild and you don’t think they are COVID related it is best to stay at home. Of course, this doesn’t apply to illnesses that are normal for you such as long-term health conditions – common sense applies!
Lateral flow tests should only be used when you do not have symptoms of illness that could be COVID related. If you think you might have COVID, stay at home, isolate yourself from others as much as possible and seek medical advice. You’ll probably be asked to take a PCR test which gives a more accurate result.
When attending an OLGBT meeting or social activity please respect everyone’s space and observe social distancing where someone wants this. It’s also a good idea to wear masks when giving someone a lift or on public transport and when mixing with others in crowded or confined spaces. It’s harder to ventilate spaces now the weather is colder but open windows to let in fresh air when you can.
One of the best defences against COVID is frequent and thorough handwashing. If there are no hand washing facilities available use a good quality hand sanitizer.
If you’re keeping up with the news you will have heard a lot from experts telling us that we need to reign things in before Winter drives our COVID rates up even higher. We don’t want another lockdown so please do what you can to keep yourself and others safe.