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Our support continues even when shielding ends

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Shielding for those most vulnerable to coronavirus comes to an end on 31st July 2020, meaning many will be able to go out, see friends and family and return to work. This will be fantastic for a lot of people however, for some it will be a daunting time. 

People with extra needs such as Alzheimer's and Dementia may find changes outside of their home difficult to cope with. There are also a lot of people that may not have left their homes for months due to other health reasons, anxiety, depression, or even through fear, that are about to embark on a 'new world' outside. 

We want to reassure our customers that we are continually working to keep you safe when visiting our outlets and we're asking people to be kind and considerate and allow someone extra time if they appear to be finding things difficult out and about.  

Remember to keep your distance and check in on people to make sure they're OK or need anything, as they may no longer be receiving certain help that came with shielding.  Please also remember that not all disabilities and health conditions are visible and some people may not be be able to socially distance or wear a face covering. 

We can help, if you need help...

We know a lot of our customers will still need support as the coronavirus situation changes. That's why we'll be placing these signs around our stores. You can also find our up to date procedures on face coverings here too. 

Disabilities Awareness Barker

Some people may feel more comfortable showing a badge or card, either printed out or on their mobiles, to show they are exempt from wearing a face covering or that they need more space. The government's website has provided some downloadable ones here:  

Face covering badges and cards

Please allow me more space badges and cards.

In addition to this, we are supporting the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards - our colleagues are ready to offer support where necessary to anyone wearing these. You can find more information about the lanyards and how to get one here.

Did you know that all our pharmacies have trained mental health first aiders who are here to help. There's no need to make an appointment, simply pop into your local Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacy and one of our friendly, professional colleagues will be on hand to offer the support you need. All appointments will be kept confidential. 

Also, all our colleagues are training to be Dementia Friends 🌼 A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.  Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want. 

The Association for Convenience Stores (ACS) celebrates their 25 anniversary this year.  In celebration of this they have committed to supporting Dementia by gaining an additional 25,000 signatures to Dementia Friends from the convenience sector and we're supporting this. 

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