March 2020 Ongoing
During the pandemic, we delivered meals to the vulnerable, elderly and those self-isolating, during the lockdown. Many individuals had no way to access food, and we were there to help alleviate some of the struggles and pressure that people were under. We offered healthy, home-cooked meals, 5 days a week, with a food bag on Friday to help over the weekend. This also provided a check-in/chat, which helped to combat loneliness.
We also continued to operate our telephone ‘befriending service’ for the elderly and vulnerable – with additional days being added; additional calls put in place; increasing capacity to allow for additional users to access the service as we identified that there was a growing need to help to combat loneliness, a growing issue even before the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Our volunteers also delivered food packages; went shopping for individuals; carried out prescription drop-offs.
Our telephone service provided a check-in service, or a chat, to help combat the loneliness of our elderly residents. We had been running this prior to Covid-19, and we increased the service level in order to increase the level of service to our clients.
During this time we ran various competitions to support mental health and general wellbeing including our Cook School at home, Amigos at-home projects and Fun Run at home.