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Coping With Lockdown

Walton Parish Nursing Providing Information for Health & Wellbeing

Providing support and information for local people.

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Lorna from Walton Parish Nursing

During this lockdown period the Walton Parish Nursing team have to work in a different way. Although this is not ideal, our main focus is to keep our clients, our volunteers and ourselves safe. In order to do this we took the decision to only have face to face contact if absolutely necessary and then to take the best precautionary measures we could to avoid spreading Covid-19.

For Lorna, as Parish Nurse, each day has brought its challenges and tasks including many phone calls, emails and texts. As the weeks have gone on the needs have increased, as predicted.

There are a core number of people that have a phone call every week, some less frequently and some will phone if there is a need. We give the clients time to talk to hopefully reduce their anxiety and loneliness.

There have been trips to the outpatient department at Ipswich hospital with clients, and several trips to the shops and GP surgeries to assist with medication and essentials.

Supporting very anxious clients with phone calls that would usually be a face to face consultation has been a privilege. For clients to give their consent and put their trust in our judgement and guidance is a humbling experience.  Other needs have been to organise the Government food parcel deliveries when unfortunately vulnerable clients have not received one.

For John, as he lives in Ipswich and also falls into the higher risk group this has meant keeping contact with clients via phone calls and text. As John is a mental health nurse many of his clients are finding this period especially challenging. However the good news is that they are showing amazing amounts of resilience, fortitude and courage. The importance of hearing the voice of another human being cannot be underestimated and many have told us how much they appreciate this. They have shared the struggles they are having but also the positive ways in which they are approaching this challenge. This ranges from learning new skills, investing more time in hobbies, relaxing in various ways and staying connected with others. One of the roles of being a Parish Nurse is that we are able to offer spiritual support to people and it has been a privilege to pray with people over the phone if they have wanted this.

It is widely acknowledged that there are five important strands to mental well-being:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice of the world around you
  • Keep learning
  • Give

Many of our clients are doing these in different ways- why not try and incorporate them into your life.

There are loads of resources that you can access in order to look after your mental health. And these are a few I have found most helpful:

www.mind.org.uk

www.mindandsoulfoundation.org

www.anxietyuk.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

www.rethink.org

The Church of England website also has some great resources if you think this would be helpful to you.

Take care and keep safe

John and Lorna- Walton Parish Nursing

Coping With Lockdown

A Lockdown Wedding in Felixstowe

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When we heard about Annette and John, we just fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to share their story with you all. Here’s Annette to tell the tale of how their love story started…

John and I met quite by chance on the Felixstowe prom last year. We both used to walk the prom on our own every day and for several months we would just say hi and pass the time of day as we passed by each other going in opposite directions. 

One day towards the end of August, as I joined the prom from the bottom of Bent Hill, John was walking in the same direction. That day, we had our walk together, and found that we had plenty in common and the same sense of humour. At the end of the walk, we arranged to meet up the following day for another walk together, and as they say, the rest is history!

We began spending time together on a daily basis and love very soon blossomed for both of us (although John maintains that for him it was love at first sight!).

By the end of October John had proposed, although by then I think we both knew it was a foregone conclusion.

We had planned to marry on the 28th May at St John’s Church with Reverend Andrew Dotchin officiating, but that was of course prior to Covid19 and the lockdown, and our plans (along with many other people’s plans) had to be put on hold.

However, Reverend Dotchin came up with a lovely idea so that we could still mark the proposed date of the 28th May, by having a socially distanced Betrothal Service. This is an unofficial ceremony in which one makes a promise to marry at a future date. We had a lovely day which could almost be described as a dress rehearsal for the real thing. The ceremony was held in my sister Jo’s garden, and she did us proud with her efforts of decorating the garden in the appropriate colour scheme which was absolutely magical.

Obviously, we have been avidly watching the news for information on when weddings would be allowed to resume after lockdown, and we are very glad to say that we got married officially this morning at St. John’s Church at 11.30am. We were beyond excited! 😍😍

Because of the Betrothal Service which took place in May, we already have a gorgeous collection of photos.

A big thank you for the photos must to to our good friend Fran Comer who did a wonderful job of being the official photographer.

Annette and John

On behalf of us all at The Felixstowe Magazine, HUGE congratulations to Annette and John… your story is adorable and you’re a truly lovely couple! x

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Doing Her “Handmade” Part to Help Key Workers

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It’s been such a pleasure to see so many articles come in from local people doing their part to make a difference. Though lockdown is going through the process of lifting, we’d still like to continue to shine a light on these local gems. This article is by the lovely local lady, Bev Lambert…

During lockdown I have been making various sewing items. I have donated 242 face coverings to people/key workers in my community. I have since been selling these to the wider community.  I have been making a number of little bears ‘(as below) which have been donated to many people within my community just to bring a smile on a face.  I have also donated some of the below pocket pillows which I make to sell. 

My sewing page can be found on Facebook/Twitter & Instagram “Berty Lamb Handmade“.  I make various items using my sewing and embroidery machines. 

I am also the founder of Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity, a charity to support local children across Suffolk who are living with a life limiting or serious illness, by providing specialist equipment to help day to day living.  The charity is run 100% by volunteers. I also made this large key worker hanger and raised £100.00 through a silent auction. I donated the £100.00 to Captain Tom Moore’s JustGiving page.  The winner if the auction was Glebe House Residential Home in Hollesley.  I have donated various sewn items to Glebe House including some lavender filled hearts which I initialled with each of the residents first names.  The staff all received a Ginger Ginger key fobs, including care staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff etc all key fobs were relevant to the jobs they did within the home. 

Thank you to all the key workers, charities and local people out there. We’ve been in this together and it’s be an honour to be part of the positivity.

Bev Lambert

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Local Bin Man & Son Spread Happiness

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I live in Felixstowe and am a key worker in Ipswich for the local council working as a bin man. I used to go out every Thursday at 8pm with my stepson so he could clap and beep the horn in my recovery truck. 

I have been on the front line all the time whilst this has all been going on and it has been nice to get letters and pictures from local children in Ipswich to show their appreciate for us bin men. It’s a very hard and physical job but is rewarding when we get little gestures like that from the kids so I just wanted to do this with my stepson every Thursday to show our appreciation too. 

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