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Workers raise awareness about Covid-19 in Dalston

PUBLISHED: 10:09 15 June 2020 | UPDATED: 13:37 16 June 2020

Workers from SWIM enterprises offered advice about Covid-19  and protective gear on June 15. Picture: SWIM

Workers from SWIM enterprises offered advice about Covid-19 and protective gear on June 15. Picture: SWIM

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Workers from a Hackney based- community interest company want to reduce the risk of coronavirus in Hackney communities by taking to the streets and offering support to residents.

SWIM's CEO Peter Merrifield. Picture: SWIMSWIM's CEO Peter Merrifield. Picture: SWIM

Support When It Matters (SWIM) has put together a team who will be outside Dalston Kingsland Station on Monday June 15 and its outreach team will be giving out face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers to people who need them most. They will also be speaking to people and raising awareness about the implications of Covid-19 on pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

The next SWIM Assertive Outreach event will take place Saturday June 20 in The Narrow Way, Mare Street opposite M&S between 9am-12pm.

Amy and Business Development Manager Louise Merrifield gave out gloves, hand sanitiser and face masks. Picture: SWIMAmy and Business Development Manager Louise Merrifield gave out gloves, hand sanitiser and face masks. Picture: SWIM

SWIM’s director, support worker and mentor Frank Harris said about the virus: “It’s hit us hard in London and hardest among the black, asian and minority ethnic communities. Everyone knows someone who went to hospital and never came home.”

Black people are twice as likely as white people to die from Covid-19 - after accounting for age, health, socioeconomic status and other factors - according to the Office for National Statistics.

CEO Peter Merrifield and Volunteers included Director of SWIM Franklyn Harris raising awareness about Covid-19. Picture: SWIMCEO Peter Merrifield and Volunteers included Director of SWIM Franklyn Harris raising awareness about Covid-19. Picture: SWIM

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“Until there’s a reliable vaccine, we have to take more care of ourselves and the people around us. That means using masks, gloves and gel in public spaces. And it means understanding the signs of infection and getting checked out by a GP if we’re not feeling right,” said Frank.

SWIM volunteers were raising awareness about Covid-19 outside Dalston Kingsland Station. Picture: SWIMSWIM volunteers were raising awareness about Covid-19 outside Dalston Kingsland Station. Picture: SWIM

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For more information about SWIM visit www.swimenterprises.com

SWIM volunteers will be handing out protective gear and giving advice to residents outside Dalston Kingsland Station. Picture: GooglemapsSWIM volunteers will be handing out protective gear and giving advice to residents outside Dalston Kingsland Station. Picture: Googlemaps

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