Staying connected: COVID-19 match-funded appeal

by Jodie Goffe in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th April 2020 we successfully raised £20,222 ( + est. £2345.00 Gift Aid ) with 307 supporters in 41 days

During the COVID-19 crisis, we need your support to help prevent loneliness and keep our older neighbours connected in a disconnecting time.

by Jodie Goffe in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, South London Cares' fundraising events and challenges have been cancelled through to the summer. We are therefore facing a funding gap of around £100,000. Your donations up to £10,000 will help us keep older people connected in April – but we urgently need your help to continue that emergency response in May. If we can reach 350 donations, we will raise £20,000, matched up to £15,000 by generous supporters. Please chip in if you can.


Why have we launched a Crowdfunder for South London Cares?

We have launched a matched crowdfunding appeal to enable the charity to support older people in Southwark and Lambeth to stay connected during this time of crisis.

Our team is working tirelessly to help older neighbours to have someone to turn to, and someone to talk to, during this emergency. Already hundreds of phone calls have helped us reassure older people across south London, to ask what people need, and to provide connection in a disconnecting time.

Following the suspension of our face-to-face programmes, we have innovated and created safe and sustainable ways of keeping older and younger neighbours in touch, ensuring that those most vulnerable to isolation are supported.

How will this money be used?

No one should experience isolation alone. We need your help to fund: 

  • Online Social Clubs - We’re training older people to use Zoom to connect to our online Social Clubs, either via the internet or telephone. 
  • Phone friendships – We are piloting a phone friendship scheme with older people across our network who would like to talk to a volunteer on a regular basis.
  • #AloneTogether Activity Packs – We’ve curated a programme of new daily activities each month for everyone in the community to take part in, which will be sent to over 1,000 older people. You can see our pack here.
  • Sending letters, poems, drawings and messages of hope to over one thousand older neighbours each month.
  • Connecting older people to vital services – South London Cares has worked in the community for over five years and is a trusted voice to many older neighbours. We’re referring older Londoners for food and prescription deliveries, connecting them to health agencies, helping them to get financial advice, and so much more, to make sure no one falls between the gaps.
  • Supporting the most vulnerable – We’ve identified those who are most affected by isolation and our team, who are trained to support those who are struggling with their mental health, are supporting them with dedicated one-to-one calls each week.

Your support is vital and will enable South London Cares to continue our work during this crisis and support older neighbours in new, innovative ways. All donations will be doubled by two of our generous supporters up to £15,000.

If you’ve ever considered supporting South London Cares or older people in the area, now is the time. Let's work together to keep our older neighbours connected, even in a scary and disconnecting time.


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