Help us continue supporting vulnerable older people who desperately need us during this crisis - please donate whatever you can. You can donate online now using the 'donate now' button. If you would prefer you can make a donation over the telephone - call us on 01903 731800 or you can simply send us a cheque, the address is Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Suite 2, First Floor, Anchor Springs, Littlehampton, BN17 6BP. Thank you for your support.
During this unsettling time, it's vital to keep in mind those who need us the most. Here are some things you can be doing to help older people, including older relatives, friends and neighbours.
Donate Food And Essentials
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we are offering doorstep deliveries for older people who are housebound. We will be delivering meals, groceries and essential medication to doorsteps as well as knitting kits, CDs/DVDs, books and jigsaws. Please help us by donating items for vulnerable older people in the local community. Click here for a list of items we need and information about where to drop your donations.
Keep in touch
Phone your older relatives and friends and ask if they need anything and let them know if they do, you can help out. And while you’re on the phone, why don’t you have a chat? You could set up a rota with other family and friends to make sure someone is regularly giving them a ring to see if they’re OK.
This might also be a useful time to introduce older relatives and friends to technology that might prove helpful during this period, such as Skype or FaceTime.
Lend a hand
Why not offer to pick up shopping for an older neighbour or relative who might not be able to or is too worried to go to the shops? If you are helping someone who is self-isolating or shielding make sure you leave the shopping on their front doorstep, knock on their door and step back while you ensure they safely receive it. Make sure you stand 2 metres away from them at all times.
You could help an older person who lives further away from you and isn’t familiar with technology by doing an online shop for them.
Show you care
Why not make homemade cards (which is a great project to do with the kids), send a postcard, even post small gifts to keep people’s spirits up or just write a good old-fashioned letter to an older friend or relative?
Share these numbers
It can be helpful to know who you can call, especially if someone’s feeling isolated. For practical information and advice, call Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove 01903 731 800
For a cheerful chat, day or night, call Silver Line: 0800 470 8090