As the festive season looms, Nottingham City Council is committed to ensuring that its citizens enjoy a Covid-safe Christmas. They have launched a marketing campaign, based on the key strands of ‘Take Care of Yourself and ‘Take Care of Each Other’, aimed at encouraging the city’s residents to take a collective approach to keep themselves and others safe.

The ’Take Care of Yourself’ arm of the City Council’s campaign makes the following suggestions: 

  • Getting vaccinated against Covid-19
  • Staying warm and well in the colder winter months
  • Having your flu jab and
  • Ask for support if you feel down or anxious.

It goes on to stipulate via its ‘TakeCare of Each Other’ strand that we should also consider:

  • Wearing a face-covering in busy indoor spaces to reduce the spread of Covid-19
  • Testing regularly for Covid-19 and
  • Being a good neighbour, such as to older and more vulnerable people.

These are very valuable starting points but are by no means definitive: there is always room for further discussion on ideas to keep ourselves and others safe. Arguably, if we don’t look after ourselves how can we care for others? Having to hand a toolkit of strategies to protect our mental and physical wellbeing is key.

CityCare is supporting this message practically by having flu and Covid jabs for all staff, regular lateral flow testing, maintaining 2m distancing on CityCare sites and continuing to wear face coverings. However, to support the wellbeing of our staff, we have a Health and Wellbeing Guide that provides staff with a range of resources to tap into. This offer includes access to a range of support services including their Validium Employee Assistance Programme.

The City Council is clear that it would very much welcome receiving comments or questions to: Additionally, for the more social media savvy amongst us, you have the option to share campaign messages posted on MyNottingham social media channels (this includes Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Equally, you can get creative with your own posts on social media.

Date published: 26 November 2021