We are aware that the situation with COVID-19 will temporarily have a significant effect on daily life in the UK and that older people, especially those with underlying health conditions, will be the hardest hit. At Age UK Wandsworth, we are committed to supporting our older Wandsworth residents throughout this crisis. We are the Council's lead charity partner during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be working together to ensure the most vulnerable are supported.
Many Wandsworth residents are asking how they can help and our response is threefold:
1) Support your neighbours
Identify the older people, or those with underlying health conditions, in your community that you might be able to support should they need/wish to self-isolate. This might be doing their shopping, collecting prescriptions or making a regular telephone call to help them feel less isolated and to help reduce anxiety. We are asking our volunteers to do telephone befriending with our existing service users but we know many more people will need additional social contact at this time.
2) Donate essentials
We are collecting food/household goods for delivery to older vulnerable people in our community. We need: Pasta, rice, tinned fruit, long-life milk, cereals, tea, juice/squash toilet rolls and cleaning products. We will publish the most urgent items regularly so please check back regularly. You can deliver any of our drop-off points.
- Age UK Wandsworth: 549 Old York Road, SW18 1TQ 9am to 4pm Mon to Fri
- ShopMobility: 45 Garratt Lane, SW18 4AD (in the back of Sainsburys) 9.30am to 2.30pm Mon to Sat
- Wandsworth Community Transport: 1B Yukon Road, SW12 9PZ. 9am to 5pm Mon to Fri
3) Donate money
If you can't donate items, you can donate directly to our Coronavirus Shopping Support Fund, this will allow us to buy additional items to keep our supplies up for the duration of this crisis. You can donate at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AgeUKWandsworth