The Silsden Emergency Planning Group has announced that it is working behind the scenes to ensure appropriate help and support is in place for all local residents over the coming weeks and months during the coronavirus pandemic.
People on the group include local councillors and representatives from the three churches, school, town hall and The Hive community centre.
The group will soon be launching a place for official Silsden emergency information online through a website and Facebook page. A phone line to be launched soon will also enable local residents to get the information and help that they need, as well as directing volunteers who come forward to the appropriate organisation or service.
In the meantime, the group is asking for people with an existing DBS check to come forward if they might be able to give their time to help answer phone calls from their own home. Anyone with skills in logistics or emergency planning – or other backgrounds which may be useful to the running of the Emergency Planning Group – is also asked to get in touch if they think they could offer something to the group.
Posters and social media posts from Silsden Emergency Info also remind local residents of the importance of following public health advice on social distancing: “Unless absolutely essential, you should stay at home in order to reduce your contact with others. If you do need to see people, keep at least 2 metres apart.”
– Self-isolate for 7 days if you have a fever or new persistent cough. This extends to 14-days for households with multiple people.
– Avoid all contact with people who are showing symptoms.
– Work from home if you’re able to.
– Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Use phone, video calls or social media to stay in touch.
– Use telephone or online services to contact business and organisations.
– Not panic-buy food or supplies. There will be enough for everyone.
– Not contact the NHS if your symptoms are mild.
– Visit 111.nhs.uk if your symptoms don’t improve after 7 days.
There is also an appeal to support those in need by putting items into the food banks in Silsden if you can. There’s one in the Co-op and also a bag on the gate of St James’ Church where items can be deposited.
Other individuals or businesses wanting to offer help with volunteering at this stage should fill in this form on the Bradford Council website or call 01274 431000.