Armley, Farsley and Pudsey elderly help groups suspend activities due to Coronavirus threat – UPDATED

13 March 2020

Two support groups for older people in West Leeds have stopped their activities and groups with immediate effect today.

Armley Helping Hands and Live at home Schemes in Pudsey and Farsley all took the precautionary decisions to protect their members from the spread of Coronavirus.

Bramley Elderly Action and Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS) – a scheme supporting older people living in Burley, Hyde Park, Little Woodhouse, Headingley and parts of Kirkstall – are still running services but reviewing the situation daily. 

Armley Helping Hands

Chief Executive Officer Dawn Newsome said this afternoon that staff will still be coming into work and stay in communication with service users via telephone only.

All services users attending activities and services delivered by the charity will receive a call on Monday to notify them of the cancellations and to check if service users require any help within their home.

Miss Newsome said:

“Please can we reassure service users, their families and our community partners this decision has been taken as a precaution, to reduce cross infection and not to panic.

“We will be keeping in contact with everyone via telephone call and are looking at ways to provide support in assisting our members to stay safe and well at home.

“We will be looking at offering a shopping service which will offer fresh products to our older peoples with in their homes. Especially to our older people who are short on supplies or require to collection of medication etc.”

People who suspect that your elderly or disabled neighbours in Armley or Wortley are self-isolating or are experiencing restricted support due to main carer self-isolating and may require support or shopping are urged to call Armley Helping Hands.

The organisation will deliver food and essentials to them. Call 0113 279 9292 during office hours or call 0777 5621933 out of hours.

Pudsey and Farsley Live at Home Schemes

A statement on the Pudsey scheme’s Facebook page this morning reads:

“As a precautionary measure all Live at Home schemes have been advised by MHA to close all activities and groups with immediate effect.

“Any of our members that are in need of shopping support during this time – please contact the office and we will try provide assistance.”

Bramley Elderly Action/OWLS

BEA’s Fran Graham told The Dispatch the service continued to review its operations on a daily basis but is currently running a full service.

In the meantime, if anyone has any concerns about Coronavirus or concerns about a vulnerable neighbour, they can contact the office in Bramley Community Centre on 0113 236 1644.

Coronavirus advice

If you are feeling unwell and have a new cough, high temperature or breathing difficulties or have been in contact with a person that has recently returned from a category 1 or 2 area (as detailed on the NHS website) please follow Government guidelines or contact NHS 111.

For further advice and information on Coronavirus, visit the Government website here.

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Farsley Farmers Market says:

Farsley Live at Home Scheme made the same decision today. They are still manning the office at St John’s Hall and their phones too.