Welcome to edition 29 of Community.
You’ll have seen from our social media posts partners in Cumbria are dealing with an ongoing situation in Carlisle in which an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 have been identified.
Whilst we appreciate that many people travel to Carlisle for work, to visit family and friends or for leisure and recreation, at this time of increased risk in the Carlisle area we would ask that individuals carefully consider whether their visits are necessary and make sure you are adhering to the guidance on hand hygiene, face coverings and physical distancing. We’re keeping a close eye on this, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on social media.
Meanwhile back in Dumfries and Galloway at Full Council on Thursday (30 July) we’ll be considering a range of reports including one on our local route map on the Restart of services including arts, museums, leisure and more.
Enjoy this week’s edition of the bulletin with more of your great community stories, as well as public health and council information
International Day of Friendship is on 30 July.
The special day was proclaimed in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
Good friendships, relationships and social connections play an important part in looking after our wellbeing.
Over the last few months, many of us have missed seeing family and friends and have felt the loss of human contact, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, when many of us experienced anxiety, stress, loss, or loneliness.
As lockdown restrictions ease, we can go out and once again enjoy spending time in the company of our friends and family, maintaining physical distancing of course.
Next week, as the world celebrates Friendship Day, why not take the opportunity to thank those around you who have helped you through the last four months. Whether that is your best friend, a member of your family, a support worker, or a volunteer. Send them a text or a card or simply pick up the phone and let them know how much you appreciate your friendship.
Not everyone may have someone to call regularly. If you’re older and on your own and would like to talk to someone, Age UK has a number you can call for a chat on 0800 169 65 65.
You can also speak to the Samaritans who are there to support you if you’re struggling, 24 hours per day, 365 day