The Coronavirus in Partington
Many people in our community are concerned about the as yet unknown effects of the Coronavirus upon our community. At the moment we don't know how things will look, but we do know that the most vulnerable members of our community need to be looked after. We know that many people will struggle financially as hours are reduced or people are laid off. We know that children are likely to be off school, causing parents all kinds of issues - including those who are usually entitled to free school meals.
The Hideaway is a community organisation. We are here to benefit the local community, as a resource to the local community, and we're in full steam contingency planning to look at how we can use our resources to support our community through this time.
We know that whatever happens, we can't do it alone. We have to work together, as a single community to make sure that no one is missed, everyone is cared for and that we get through this together. It's going to take all of us, but we will get there.
Firstly, we are open to suggestions on how we may help. There will likely be lots of things we've not yet thought of. Lots of suggestions are dependent upon how things develop and how bad things get and of course, on permissions and financial support.
At the moment we're looking at the following:
Providing an affordable/subsidised/free meal doorstep delivery service. This could be for the elderly, those who are self-isolating, children not receiving their entitled free school meals, or simply those struggling or worried about getting out to the shops.
Dropping off items that people can't get to the shops for. Online delivery slots are already getting booked up and require a min. spend of £25. Some residents can't access online shopping and others will be self-isolating.
Checking on the elderly, vulnerable and those self-isolating each day.
Looking at what resources we can gather from larger organisations locally to ensure anyone in financial hardship is being taken care of.
Ensuring that everyone can access the medications and any other essentials they can't live without.
Co-ordinating a team of volunteers in our community, holding a register of those who are vulnerable and ensuring that anyone you're concerned for is ok with regular doorstep visits or phonecalls.
Here's how you can help
Below is an initial form to get in touch with us. We plan to build a database over the next week or 2 of people who expect to need support and what that may look like, people who need to be checked on, and people/organisations who are willing to help. If you fall into any of these categories or you know people who might, please let us know using the form below. We will be in touch as soon as possible and do absolutely everything we can to help our community.
Every Wednesday afternoon we close to the general public and run a session specifically for families living in Partington and Carrington. The M31 Club session costs just £2 per child and runs from 1pm - 3pm. There's chance to meet other local residents and every week we will have an 'expert' in a particular area for you to ask questions and get advice. Our 'experts' could be experts in anything from parenting, to health to housing to money.
To attend, you simply need an M31 resident pass (see below) and entry is £2 per child, free for children under 12 months.
We love all our customers, but as a registered not-for-profit organisation The Hideaway exists primarily for the benefit of the residents of Partington and Carrington, and secondarily for everyone else. We’re locally run, locally staffed and love our local community to bits! Whilst we believe that our regular admission charge represents amazing value for money, we also know that finding money to entertain the kids on a regular basis can become extremely expensive! For that reason we’re delighted to introduce the M31 residents pass. This is for adults and children that live in an M31 post code only. The pass costs £1 per year (administration charge) and allows you to visit the Hideaway for just £3.50 per visit off-peak (term time Mon-Fri) and £5 during weekends and school holidays. You can also have the meal deal anytime off-peak Mon-Fri for £5.50.
To get the pass, just pop in to the Hideaway with proof of address to pay the £1 and collect your pass.