Showing posts with label Coronavirus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coronavirus. Show all posts

Friday, 10 July 2020

Lockdown Part 2, Leicester, Weekly review Friday 10.07.2020

Weekly review Friday 10.07.2020

Lockdown Part 2, Leicester, Day 10

Just as there was a glimmer of hope that life can return to a degree of normality, Leicester and some of the neighbouring districts were placed under a second pandemic lockdown.

For the majority of people who closely followed the government advice in respect of social distancing and cleanliness and all the restrictions imposed by the government, we were hoping to be now moving forwards and returning to normal. But the minority of people chose not to follow the rules and regulations and consequently we are back in lockdown.

There are also reports that outbreaks occurred in many of the 1500 clothing and textile factories within the lockdown areas whereby people were either unwilling or unable to follow the guidelines which therefore put everyone else at risk.

Yesterday Support Worker Monika and I encountered a young couple sharing a romantic moment (kissing) whereby one person lived on one side of the motorway bridge which is in lockdown Leicester Forest East and the other person living in the safe zone of Leicester Forest East as the M1 literally splits the Leicester Forest East area in half which is causing more anxiety and frustration amongst the parishioners I have been elected to serve.

In other news, this week my team and I continue to support a local businessman with a problem and we have been liaising with other businesses and service providers to reach a conclusion.  

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Up-In-Arms . Where's the Concrete Bollard?


I’m feeling relieved today after Support Worker Claire and I managed to track down a friend we have not heard from for a few weeks. We’re relieved to know that she is alive and relatively well. We will sleep much better tonight knowing we’ll be able to meet her again.

In other news, the concrete bollard is yet to make an appearance in respect of unauthorised and dangerous parking in the sheltered housing scheme where I live. Whilst it is quiet at the moment, I don’t think it will be for long because the residents who are up in arms campaigning against the installation of the concrete bollard,  have got a petition against the bollard, but I don't think they have overturned the decision yet. 

Personally, I support the installation of the bollard because it is just a matter of time somebody is struck by a car because the residents are driving their cars on the area they should not be driving.

Monika on behalf of David 

Monday, 18 May 2020

Lockdown but not for much longer

Lockdown but not for much longer

Today I’ve been working on my lockdown project with the support from Claire and encouragement from Monika. The lockdown project which will be revealed soon is taking shape. My support dogs Sophie and Luke are watching closely and supervise the work so it’s at a good standard.

We’ve had a lot of work to do which keeps us away from mischief. Stay tuned to this channel to learn more.   

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

If you think lockdown was bad, try living with Luke

If you think lockdown was bad, try living with Luke

It’s been a busy few days. We’ve been receiving several deliveries and the curtain twitching neighbours could think something dodgy was going on in my garden. I have bought a lot of things on-line, sometimes being stuck at home for half a day so as not to miss a 4-hour delivery window. The deliveries were of the components for my special lockdown project which will be revealed in a week or two.

In other news, I do wish Luke; the French bulldog’s flatulence problems will be gone soon. You can smell him from 200 yards, and it is one of the things I can’t escape from during lockdown. I love the dog to pieces, but I do not want to share his personal issues. He does not understand the concept of personal space either, I’d like him to keep his bodily smells to himself.

I’m still missing going to the gym but support worker Monika has been assisting me with health and fitness by assuring I get a good deal of exercise in the evening by walking the dogs. Hopefully, I’ll manage to keep away the 2 stones of weight I have lost recently rather than putting them back on.    

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Project

Coronavirus Lockdown Project

It has been an unusually warm day today looking promising for the first bank holiday in May. According to the weather forecast it will be raining by Saturday. Therefore, I made a good use of the weather by working on my Coronavirus lockdown project. Keep following this channel to learn more.
Time passed by so quickly that I forgot to eat my lunch and went for a walk with a cracker in my hand when my support worker Monika arrived. We walked 2 miles or more and together with the exercise I did in my garden working on my project, I had a good work out without entering the gym.
With regards to council business, I continue to liaise with Leicestershire Police and other service providers working towards resolving issues across my ward of Braunstone Town.

If I can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email always@vote4ddp.co.uk or telephone 07594419570.

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Zooming Ahead…….

With us now being in full lockdown mode my team and I continue to train and improve our techniques in respect of video conferencing for remote working as per the government guidelines.

Last week I took part in the Policy and Resources Committee meeting of Braunstone Town Council via Zoom. The main topic on the agenda was Braunstone Town Covid-19 response.
It was an interesting experience which lasted a couple of hours. Surprisingly, a virtual meeting was easier for me to follow than the meeting in the council chamber as it was more controlled. Oftentimes Councillors have a tendency to talk over one another instead of allowing the speaking Councillor to finish expressing their opinion. In this instance I was able to express my opinion without anyone else speaking over me because their microphones were muted.

I look forward to more virtual meetings in the future because from a disability managed perspective such meetings allow me to contribute more freely without other Councillors talking over me or interrupting me without a good reason. Therefore I am able to serve my Parishioners better.  


Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise. Monika on behalf of David
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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Coronavirus lockdown update

Coronavirus lockdown update

Since the lockdown was put into place by the government on 23rd of March David has found adjusting to life very difficult just like the rest of the society have.
From the mental health perspective, it has been extremely challenging because he is unable to go to the gym which was a valuable source of mental and physical wellbeing as well as an opportunity to socialise.
Being told you are only allowed to go out once a day was also challenging for David experiencing brain injury consequences and short memory problems.
The positives under lockdown are definitely financial as David has not got as much opportunity to spend his money. He likes to go out to the shops rather than shopping online which leaves him with a few more pounds in his pocket.
Another positive aspect of lockdown is embracing new technologies, trying out new software to organise video conferences. Yesterday for example David tried Microsoft Team for the first time to have an informal meeting with Leicester Forest East Parish Councillors.
The online meeting was successful despite the fact that Luke, the French Bulldog, kept snoring in the background the whole event. Sophie, the Jack Russel Terrier, did not find it fascinating either and fell asleep on David’s lap. As a lady she minded her manners and did not make any sounds.

Monika on behalf of David
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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Covid 19 - The Silent Killer - Controversial to Say the Least.

Covid 19 - The Silent Killer 
Controversial to Say the Least.

I’m supporting residents from home with the restricted movements and working from home rules now in force due to the global pandemic.

Whilst I do that in Warrior’s Retreat (my aptly named garden office) I think of the people who have lost their lives through the disease that has strangled the life out of so many. I think of the families and friends’ of the victims’ who have lost people to the disease. I think of the vulnerable people who are most at risk of (1) The disease (2) Changes to their care and support services, changes to services that they may not be able to cope with or wouldn’t be able to manage without. 
I think of the people who are on the front line looking after the sick and the dying, then the key workers and front line service personnel keeping our country running at this time. I think of the councillors, government officials, local, National, and armies of volunteers. The unsung heroes, too many to list, I have admiration for them all.

But then I think of the greedy people and corporations looking to profiteer from people’s misery. The Sports & Leisure retailer billionaire who’s inflated his prices to cash in on the pandemic and the store owner over inflating prices on hand sanitiser because everyone needs it. The actions of the fraudsters who are quick to set up scams to fleece people when they’re at their lowest and most vulnerable. Those actions make me feel angry and upset me. The inconsiderate people who let their children out to play, putting their children and others at risk, the people who just carry on regardless because they think they’re invincible and without observing Social Distancing advice. 

But then I think of the people who, through no fault of their own are now having to claim state welfare payments. It wasn’t that long ago that many of those new claimants, the people having to claim because they are unable to work because of the pandemic, would’ve been verbally attacking existing claimants for whatever reason. I clearly recall some political parties themselves would label claimants as ‘work shy’, ‘lazy’, ‘idle’ the list goes on. Whilst many from society would then call political parties the ‘nasty party’, ‘out of touch’ etc. the list goes on. Isn’t it ironic that the former attackers of claimants are now the claimants themselves in need of support because of a situation outside of their control?

The politicians are no longer attacking the weakest and most vulnerable members of society via  cuts to care and support packages, cuts to welfare payments, but, be rest assured that will come when this pandemic is over, it always does. Because the weak and vulnerable are defenceless and easy to attack. Easy to target. 
One hopes that this pandemic will change people’s opinions for the good for ever. 
One hopes this because at this moment in time everyone is vulnerable to attack from this deadly, silent assassin, Covid 19, Corona Virus. 

Some are more vulnerable than others but we’re all vulnerable.
Covid 19 is nasty, unrelenting and can, as we’re witnessing all over the world, choke the life out of many. Covid 19 doesn’t discriminate. The rich, poor, healthy, unhealthy, Covid 19 doesn’t discriminate, working people, unemployed, self-employed, sick, disabled, fit and well, Covid 19 doesn’t discriminate. Covid 19 the silent assassin that shouldn’t be underestimated.

But when this is all over, which it will be. When Covid 19 has been controlled and defeated, which it will be. I hope and pray that from now on we are all kinder to one another. For the future I hope that political Parties/Groups/Independents speak to one another in the National and Local Interest. Political Parties/Groups/Independents should talk to each other wether those groups be in your local Village, Town, District or County. I hope that we (society) never return to attacking, in whatever form, welfare payment claimants ever again. To attack them as society did should be considered a Hate Crime. I hope we are more considerate of other’s needs. The panic buying that occurred at the beginning of the crisis was an embarrassment in itself. There are many in society who have nothing to eat on a daily basis, without Covid 19 being in existence let alone now! It’s indescribably overwhelming that volunteers have offered themselves to support vulnerable members of the community whilst Covid 19 spreads like a silent cloud of carbon monoxide from an invisible source. But, when this is over we (society) shouldn’t just conveniently forget the vulnerable people we’re keen to support now and at Christmas, but, we should continue to support anyway and be kind always. Vulnerable people need you every day of the year not just now. They need you more now but they need you every day. 

My name is David Di Palma. I’m a Brain Injury Survivor. My seizures have increased through stress associated with aspects of this situation but I don’t care about myself, I care about every single one of you. Wether you be my next door neighbour or the woman who told me to eff off yesterday because I waved and said hello, I care about you and I’m here to support you.  I’m an elected Councillor at Braunstone Town and Leicester Forest East and I care about you and I’m here to support you with the support of my support team. If there’s anything we can do to support you please let us know. Thank you. 
Yours sincerely 
Councillor David Di Palma Cert. CIH
Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town.
Leicester Forest East. 

Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Price for a Spring Clean!!!

Today I was struggling with trying to ascertain what kind of weekend David had as he forgets!! That’s what David does! He has major problems with his memory amongst other things.

I found out that on Saturday David went to the Gym and then Nottingham with his Support Worker Julian to get some  things for the house.  David must have forgotten to check that the dogs had no access to the lounge during his absence, the result was that the dogs got into the lounge and had a BIG PARTY!!!

Oh, yes, David is, now in need of a replacement Remote Control, some candles and a new pair of slippers.

Well, then there’s Sunday, David has no support and he was in a mood for a Spring Clean.  So, he decided to have a good go and he does like to give his 100% to everything he attempts.  Hey, that’s great for us but not so great for David, as he pays the price for this surge in energy spend!  This leads to David being clumsy and making more mess which needs clearing up. Slips, trips, falls and other injuries and then there’s the seizures. By the end of his Spring Clean you cannot tell which bit of the mess was from ‘David’s Spring Clean Party’ and which bit of mess was from ‘The Dog’s BIG Party’!

So, let’s talk about the price David pays for trying to Spring Clean.  On Monday, he was very tired and unsteady.  David had a seizure in the car and now has to sit back and watch the world go by!!. 😉

Dipak Rao - David’s Support Worker
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Long time no hear

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