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Ways to Help (Covid-19)

I was just thinking of ways we could help out in the local community as mentioned in an earlier discussion. There's the NHS, my partner she works in the NHS sector, but I don't want to double the risk of being infected and bringing the disease home to my family. As I'm back working now following all the guidelines and safety precautions, I have my regular domestic customers who's gardens I maintain, and the local council are struggling with their staffing levels I thought about offering my services free of charge to maintain the local parks and public areas, so people can enjoy their surroundings when they can go for their daily walk/run.

It was also mentioned earlier about shutting up shop and taking the government's money to provide a free service to the elderly and people who are unable to maintain their gardens. This was another option I was thinking of but will we be allowed to do this because we haven't been officially shut down yet and are able to work without claiming benefits.

All this could change if we are eventually put in a hard lockdown, which I wish the government would have done for at least two weeks, but while we can any ideas/thoughts.

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    I feel gardeners have transferable skills other than garden maintenance . 

    Logistics , We are reasonably good at organising our work schedules and getting around which makes us ideally placed to be involved in delivering essential supplies or transporting patients in our local area . 

    I have thought alot about how essential our work is keeping gardens and public spaces looking tidy and came to the conclusion that in the scheme of things its not that important and may even benefit the planet if things get a bit wild and insects/ pollinators  flourish . 

    Its opened my eyes too i dont want to sound cynical or offensive but i have had a customer weeping down the phone because her grass might get long and she cannot live with it if i dont go . i have a mixed reaction , i feel like saying ''get a life its only grass'' but then i feel guilty knowing how everything in her life has to be perfect in order for her to function mentaly . 

    Mental Wellbeing from tidyness is a driving force for many and its what keeps us in business but personally right now i would rather prioritise on adding benefit to help fight covid-19  

    My wife also works in the NHS and working around the clock i would gladly volunteer my services to drive her around to patients to give her a break from driving when she feels exhausted but we dont think protocol will allow this . 

    The other NHS voluntary roles checking up on those in isolation over the phone , communication not being my strong point i might depress them but i am considering taking on a delivery role . 

    gardening had not being a consideration however i read an article a plea from a hand surgeon urging people not to get involved in gardening and diy projects during lock down for fear they might do themselves an injury and take up a hospital bed at a time of national crisis . 

    If there was a plea for proffessional gardeners to carry out this work on a voluntary basis for peoples mental wellbeing i would certainly jump at the chance . 

    I would really love to do something in exchange for any self employed handout which may be forthcoming .

    • The delivery part was something I was considering as well, but then there's the contact part to be careful of.

      I'm working today then nothing for three days so would like to do something with my spare time, possibly something in logistics as I'll have a van sat on the drive doing nothing. 

       

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