While I write this it's 1am so apologies if there is some random waffle.
Today I was impressed by Nicola Sturgeon during her briefing as she directly addressed the shielded community, acknowledged how hard it must be and then gave a date in mid-June for an update about the next stage for the shielded people in Scotland.
I have been feeling more and more disappointed of late at the lack of recognition about the shielded community from both the government and media. It's mental health awareness week and while I consider myself to be a fairly positive and resilient person, I felt utterly crappy watching people on the TV talking about hoping to go on holiday in mid-June yet most of us have been told to say at home until 30th June at least!
It was a real kick in the teeth to see pictures of people out and about at the seaside, yet many of the general population seem to have forgotten that there are about 1.6 million people of all ages stuck at home.
I feel that the shielded community have no voice or advocate.
In my mission to get us heard and get answers I have been emailimg the office of the Prime Minister, Matt Hancock the Health Secretary, Hugh Pymm of the BBC and have been on national radio. I'm not blowing my own trumpet here, I am just trying to create a noise. But I don't think it's loud enough.
If anyone feels as forgotten and left behind as me I would thoroughly encourage you to email these people. Especially Matt Hancock who is contactable via the 'Gov.uk, Contact the Dept of Health and Social Care' website, and Hugh Pymm as he was kind enough to send a personal reply, not an automated one. His email address is easy to find if you Google him. He's also on Twitter.
I feel that if more of us spoke out then we would at least get more acknowledgement and possibly and idea of which direction things are moving in for us. Grass roots football seems to be more of a priority.
I'm banging this drum and have been for a while and my arms are getting tired and we need to be louder if we want to be heard.
My personal question is WHAT SHOULD THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE SHIELDED COMMUNITY BE ? (throw us a bone).
I'm reaching out to anyone who feels the same as me. If we want an answer or to be heard we need to be pressing the question to the right people. The more people who ask, the louder we will be.
In my view I think that we are together in this and if united we will be heard.
Please, anyone who feels this way, start banging the drum by emailing the right people and asking some questions. It takes no time. Let's hope they take note.
Lastly, this is NOT a political post so PLEASE let's not turn it into one. We are a united wonderful and caring community forum that is navigating it's way together through this awful pandemic together.
Let's put politics aside, stick together and get banging the drum to be heard.