Coronavirus Message from our Chief Executive
Published on 02 April 2020 03:06 PM
These are not just unprecedented but unimagined times. We are all facing huge challenges but older people are particularly vulnerable and affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is why the Government advice is that people over the age of 70 and those who have not yet reached this age but who have underlying health conditions, need to be extremely cautious and stay at home from now on, for a period of time which is as yet unclear but which is likely to stretch into many months. This is a worrying prospect for us all and especially those who are isolated at home. People may feel disconnected and even abandoned but we want to reach out to everyone especially those who do not have anywhere else to turn to and to ask those who can help to do so.
Some older people are fortunate and have family and friends to help, and there is no doubt that many communities are stepping up to the plate and rallying round to offer support. We are indebted to the kindness of people who have stepped forward to volunteer with our charity to do emergency shops or just ring an older person who is isolated and alone with no friends or family nearby or at all.
As a small local charity we are working hard to offer important information, a listening ear, where possible practical support and, always our friendship. We are determined to be there for people when they need us most despite the many additional challenges.
We’re also encouraging everyone who can to be a good neighbour to those around them by providing simple, immediate assistance for older people who are staying at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic or to volunteer your services with our charity to do a shop or ring an older person for support and be there at the end of the phone.
If you can’t do either then perhaps you could make a donation to support our work today and in the future so we can continue to support people through this crisis and beyond.