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Please be Patient – Helping people to get ‘Out and About’

Published on 21 July 2020 11:25 AM

With the lockdown rules easing we find ourselves gradually able to return to more of our usual activities, albeit in a different way. There are many people who will find this transition difficult.

In our High Streets, shops, cafes, pubs and hairdressers and on the buses and ferries we are all navigating the new measures that the Government has brought in as a response to Covid-19. We are social distancing, wearing face coverings, being served from behind a clear screen, and using contactless payments. For some people these measures bring additional difficulties due to a medical condition or disability. For others the idea of returning to places that have changed can be daunting.

The Age Friendly Island project has produced a set of ‘Out and About’ cards, part-funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to be used to let people know that the cardholder finds these new situations challenging.

These cards are for those who:

  • Find social distancing challenging. They may have a visual impairment or have difficulty in understanding social distancing instructions.
  • Are exempt from wearing a face covering under the Government Guidance
  • Find the use of face coverings by other people challenging. Face coverings make communication difficult for those who rely on lip reading and facial expressions
  • Feel they need time and space. They may have been shielding and are just starting to get back out and about.

If you see someone with these cards when you are out and about, please be patient and considerate.

We, at Age UK Isle of Wight have 50 sets of these cards to give to residents initially to find out how useful people find them. We hope to then have more available for wider use. If you or someone you know would benefit from using these cards please contact us by calling  01983 525282.

Look out for posters on display in your local shops to show that they are aware of the cards and will be looking out for their customers who may be using them.

This project is part of the Age Friendly Island partnership. Age Friendly Island is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.