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Blimey, it’s been a challenging few weeks, hasn’t it? Just like many other organisations, Age UK Lambeth found ourselves having to radically reshape and change everything we normally do. It started simply enough by ceasing home visits and face to face appointments but we soon realised that the changes needed to be a bit more drastic. We’ve since left our usual office space and have decamped to Vida’s on Saltoun Road, with most staff working from home.
For the first few weeks, our Gateway support line took hundreds of hours of calls from people wanting information, advice, support and reassurance. Our Handyfix team and a group of over 150 volunteers found themselves doing shopping all day long, making sure that some of the Borough’s most vulnerable got the food and supplies they needed. It did become a bit overwhelming, and to say we were pleased when the Council and the Lambeth Food Partnership stepped in is an understatement.
We did manage to catch our breath a little bit and have re-prioritised our services again. All Change. This is what we are up to now…
MYcommunity Gateway Service
Provides information, advice, support and reassurance. Our team can get you straight into the services you need. Call Gateway on 0333 360 3700 or email email@example.com
Receives a huge numbers of calls from people who have been affected financially, have issues with their housing or their employment. Their advice service is now running over the phone. You can call them direct on 0203 1434 025
Are leading on making Friendship calls to those most isolated. As well as looking after our clients who usually have a face to face visit, we are working with other charities to make hundreds of calls every week to our most isolated. Volunteers offer a friendly voice to help people deal with the challenges of social isolation. If you or someone you know would like a friendly call once or twice a week, give Gateway a call on 0333 360 3700, and they’ll sort it out for you.
A 7-day week service to help support the increasing numbers of patients being discharged from hospital to their own home. Hanyfix have now resumed their usual services including gardening and cleaning. You can call them on 0333 360 3990
Has a chat line available every day for its members. They’ve also started an online and onphone programme of events. Have a look at www.mysocial.london to find out more. It’s free to join, so you’d be mad not to!
Are based in surgeries and have been really busy making calls to patients our GP’s are most worried about.
We're really appreciative of all the offers we've had for food bank donations, rather than us taking them we've decided it's best to leave it to the experts and we will make sure that people who need a food bank voucher will be connected with these services.
To find your local foodbank to donate to please visit the Trussell Trust website
If you want to let us know of a community service or resource that is available, then email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now working with the council so if you wish to volunteer please sign up to their lists.