The Coronavirus Pandemic is an unprecedented event in our lifetime, and we stand ready to support Britain through another period of great need.
As you will have seen, we have partnered with NHS England to mobilise an army of new volunteers. Due to the huge response, the group of vulnerable people in need of support in England has now been expanded and we will now come to the aid of 2.5 million people at risk.
But, we also need to ensure that we continue to be there for the tens of thousands of older and vulnerable people we already support across the whole of Great Britain.
Right now, older people in our communities are at risk
Our services provide a lifeline to people in hospitals and in the community – to those who find themselves in a vulnerable situation and in need of some support. Now, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in Britain, the demand for our help has become even more urgent.
For older people in particular, the news is far more frightening, with most of them being told to stay in their homes for the next 12 weeks. With Social Distancing and Isolation measures now in place, there’s a very real danger that older people living alone will find themselves completely cut off from society
We are needed now more than ever before
“We know that most of the people we help live alone and struggle with loneliness. The contact they previously had with our volunteers was often the only chance they had to speak to someone for any length of time. To overcome this, we’ve arranged regular calls, so that people can still have a chance to chat and make requests for supplies”
“Our transport services are continuing to take people to essential appointments at GP surgeries and hospitals. However, we have also seen an increase in the need for our drivers to help deliver food and medicines to people who are no longer able to go out. Polly, Service Manager for Patient Transport Service at Royal Voluntary Service
We understand that you too are now practicing social distancing and staying at home, but there is still a way you can help.
We are urgently seeking an initial £500,000 which will enable us to help tens of thousands of older and vulnerable people, with practical life-changing support when it matters most.
Royal Voluntary Service is adapting existing services to ensure that we can continue to help those in need.
We will be making more than 200,000 calls to people living on their own who may need our help and support. To be reminded that they do not have to cope alone.
We are collecting and delivering essential items, for older people who are struggling with isolation or for those returning home from hospital that can’t get food delivered immediately.
We will be picking up much needed food and important medicine
We will be offering individuals the opportunity to connect to our “virtual village hall”
This is just a few of the ways that our services have adapted to meet the urgent needs created by this pandemic and make sure older and vulnerable people can stay safe and well.
We always step up in times of national emergencies
Since our inception in 1938, Royal Voluntary Service has always been there at times of desperate need.
During WW2 we mobilised one million volunteers to step forward; we were supporting victims of the Blitz and managing evacuation of children from the cities.
Now we are still helping tackle the biggest needs of the day. In busy, pressurised hospitals our volunteers are at work, helping create more time to care. In our communities they are giving life-changing support to vulnerable people who may have become isolated.
We support tens of thousands of people at any one time.
How your donation can help
£20 could mean that we can deliver food and supplies to older and vulnerable people who are at home and in isolation during this difficult period.
£30 could provide a “help pack” to an older or vulnerable person. Each help pack will include everyday essentials including toiletries and food staples, so that people have the things they need to stay safe and well. It will be delivered by our volunteers who will check in with them, giving them reassurance that there is support for them and remind them that they have not been forgotten.
£100 could allow our trained volunteers to make telephone contact with 50 older or vulnerable people giving them reassurance that they are not alone. The calls will also offer advice on how to keep safe and well, both physically and emotionally.
£500 could mean that we can collect and deliver hundreds of vital prescription medicines to older and vulnerable people who are not able to go out and get them for themselves.