The current situation with the Coronavirus epidemic is, for most of us, unprecedented and there is much concern about the most vulnerable members of society. Older people are clearly at great risk and we at Age UK Bradford District are determined to do everything that we can to provide support and help to protect those most in need.
Over the next 3 to 6 months, our resources are going to be stretched to the limit at the very time when demand for our support is increasing massively.
We will have some staff who are unable to work
Some of our volunteers will be unable to give us their time
The income from our charity shops will reduce significantly meaning that our financial resources will be depleted
What we are doing…..
- Coordinating a trusted community volunteer scheme for people to turn to for help. This will involve picking up shopping, getting urgent supplies, arranging prescriptions/deliveries, offering to do online shops for people, having friendly telephone chats
- Extending our telephone advice line and ensuring availability for weekend and evening calls
- Offering wellbeing support calls to older people identified as vulnerable and isolated
- Using a number of existing and new partnerships to provide older people across Bradford District with essential supplies like tinned food, cereal, soap, tea, coffee, toilet rolls and biscuits
Can you help?