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 money
We have seen a surge in older people needing our support which is putting a huge stretch on our resources. Having initially operated an emergency food parcel service (over 3000 parcels delivered!) we have also started new services, such as Active Chats, to meet the changing needs of older people as the pandemic continunes. If you are able to support our work you can donate directly to our Coronavirus Support Fund, this will allow us to continue to support older people in Wandsworth for the duration of this crisis and beyond.
You can donate at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AgeUKWandsworth
Having been overwhelmed with volunteers at the start of the crisis (such an amazing response!) we are now actively looking for volunteers on 3 services - befriending plus, LGBTQ+ chats and Active Chats. For more information or an application form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org