Truro and Penwith College’s REACH Cornwall project is hosting a webinar targeted at those supporting people recovering from COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms of long COVID, particularly those receiving care services. Taking place on Thursday 17 June from 1pm to 4pm, it aims to bring together information from healthcare and other professionals working across a variety of specialisms in Cornwall and signpost to support locally and online. It will also consider the impact of the pandemic on those working in social care and healthcare and outline what support is available for them. Thanks to funding through the European Social Fund, it is being offered free of charge. To register or for more information, please go to reachcornwall.eventbrite.co.uk.

The Post COVID Recovery webinar will cover a wide range of topics regarding rehabilitation from COVID, including overcoming decreased mobility and fatigue, the possible benefits of Qi Gong for respiratory issues, dealing with grief and loss and the impact on mental health and wellbeing. These topics will be led by a group of informative and passionate professionals from across the health and social care sectors.

The contributor line-up includes:

  • Paul Kimpton, Care Settings Support Nurse, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Katy Wilson, Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Robyn Mearns, Respiratory Clinical Lead, West Cornwall Community Respiratory Team
  • Rebecca Hosking, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
  • Helen Tite, Founder, iCareiMove
  • Carol Wilson, Speciality Lead and Clinical Specialist Therapist, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Chronic Fatigue Service/ME Service
  • Dave Sowden, Ki to Health
  • Carolyn Montgomerie, Proud to Care Cornwall
  • Symon Stephens, Personal Development and Mindset Coach, Symon Stephens Coaching and SNAFU Life
  • Amy Fox, The Fox Project

Julie Cherry, ESF Marketing and Events Assistant for REACH Cornwall at Truro and Penwith College, has taken the lead on organising this online information session. She feels the webinar offers the ideal opportunity to bring together local knowledge and signpost to relevant services while also acknowledging that there is more to learn.

Julie commented: “The pandemic has created more questions than answers. We hope this session will be both informing and engaging while offering the opportunity to have an honest discussion about what is currently known and what is still being discovered.”

Amy Fox, from The Fox Project, will consider the impact on mental health and wellbeing and cover some simple strategies to aid those caring for others. Amy hopes to offer: “A space to talk about how we aren’t meant to know exactly what to do or how to emotionally respond to COVID because we have never experienced it before. But that we can take time to note how we feel and what we might need to keep emotionally safe.”

Dave Sowden offers a range of therapy services and classes through his practice Ki to Health. He will be outlining some of the possible benefits of Qi Gong for recovery from COVID. This will include a demonstration of simple movements that are helpful for the respiratory system.

Dave explains: “Qi Gong is a Chinese term for exercises, breathing techniques and energy healing. It is easier to learn and practice than Yoga and Tai Chi but just as beneficial.”