COVID-19 Update – Oakley Vale

Published – April 1st

Sadly, due to COVID-19, we have had to make some slight changes to our monthly blog, at least for now. With events across the country suspended or cancelled, there will be no events update in this month’s entry. We have also decided to postpone filming for our new Oakley Vale video that was due to take place in April. But, despite all the madness, we are still here and thought that this would be the perfect time to share some positive news, communicate valuable advice and above all, reassure you that we will get through this together!   

Also, we want to say a massive thank you to you, the people of Oakley Vale. We have been inspired by the community spirit during this challenging time and look forward to seeing you all out and about soon.

Government Guidelines

Firstly, we wanted to give an update on the UK government advice – bear in mind this is constantly changing, and this information could become outdated. For all the latest information, you should click here

For now, the government has said:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work – if this absolutely needs to be done, then never in groups of more than two people
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home for roughly 20 seconds

In light of the recent advice, our community here in Oakley Vale has been excellent! Our local schools are coming together to help educate children of “key workers” and there are several groups helping the wider community, ensuring that vulnerable people get the supplies they need.

The Helping Hands group, who have been responsible for delivering vital packages to people in the Corby area, grew from one member to over 2,000 in under five days! You can read more about them here.

Working from home tips

For many of us, the new government advice means that we need to work from home for the first time. Whether you’re a newbie or a working from home expert, here are some of our tips to stay both positive and productive during the coronavirus outbreak:

Get dressed – it can be all too easy to stay in our pyjamas all day but getting dressed will help prepare your brain to start work and get into the zone.  

Stay active and healthy – you are now only allowed to go outside to exercise once a day (if you’re not self-isolating) so take advantage of the tranquil lakes, rural trails and walks through the luscious green spaces in Oakley Vale. 

Take regular breaks – take regular screen breaks by getting up from your desk and moving around, this will increase productivity and keep you motivated.

Check in with co-workers frequently –self isolation doesn’t mean shutting yourself off from the world, picking up a phone and checking in with co-workers is stimulating and helps you stay in touch.

Stay positive – coronavirus has dropped us all into uncertainty and the constant news surrounding the pandemic can feel overwhelming. Try turning off the radio and writing down a list of all the positive things in your life right now, remember this won’t last forever!

Early Christmas cheer

Which brings us nicely to a rare, positive story in the headlines this week from an Oakley Vale family looking to do their bit to help beat the coronavirus.      

The family have put seasonal Christmas lights back on their house, as a sign of hope and to cheer people up during the COVID-19 shutdown.

You can read more about it here.

Take part in our survey!

Finally, another bit of good news! The latest phase of development in Oakley Vale is set to include a new local centre and we want you to have your say.

We will be asking what kind of facilities you would like to be provided at the centre if you had the choice. The survey will be posted on our Future Developments page in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to cast your vote!

All that’s left to say is that we are sending you all our best wishes and look forward to seeing you again soon for our May blog!

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