Aawaz service users called into the Covid 19 Walk-in Testing centre today to get their test.
This week Aawaz launched an initiative to help increase testing rates in Hyndburn. Working in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council, Aawaz identified that many of the families they work with were not aware of the testing facility and how quick and easy it is to access. Ms A a local resident who participates in the learning sessions at Aawaz said “Its important to have a test even if you have no symptoms. Thank you to Aawaz for sharing all the information with us”
Saeeda Farooq, founding member of Aawaz said: “To help Hyndburn Borough Council reach as many people as possible with vital information we spent time contacting many families and explained to them that this testing centre is a fantastic facility for the whole of Hyndburn. We have explained it is free, you don’t need an appointment and you also don’t need symptoms to attend.
This week we personally took a group of ladies to the testing facility and they all agreed it was quick, painless and they will encourage everyone they know to come along too. Hopefully through word of mouth we can reach as many people as possible.”
Nasra Nazir, Project Worker at Aawaz said: “We have been explaining to everyone we talk to how it is vital to get a test so we can protect our family and our local community. By getting tested we can stop any more transmission of the virus. We have been working hard to spread the message, for example we have also been to local shops and displayed posters. We have asked those who work in the shops to tell everyone about this excellent offer of free testing too, by working together we can help Hyndburn.”
Cllr Miles Parkinson, OBE, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council thanks Aawaz for their dedication to helping Hyndburn.
“Aawaz have been a very important community group in Hyndburn for many years, they do some fantastic work, and this has continued to be the case throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. On behalf of Hyndburn Borough Council, I would like to say a huge thank you to them for their support and we also want our wider community to know about the positive impact they have. They are true Hyndburn Heroes.”