Whilst life may have opened up for us all in the past few weeks, taking a holiday abroad is still at the bottom of many of our wish lists. Even in a “normal” year, the queues to check in at UK airports, the security procedures and ever changing rules and regulations about what you can (or can’t) carry in your luggage, make the start of a holiday something to be endured rather than enjoyed. With COVID added to the mix, the need to prove vaccination status, provide (expensive) PCR test results, wear a mask on the plane, and risk having to self-isolate upon return when the government changes its mind yet again about the safety of a country, is it any wonder that so many of us are just not bothering with foreign travel this year?
If the pandemic and lockdowns taught us anything at all, it has to be the importance of human connection. As we were shut away from family, friends, and support networks, our chances to interact with other people was curtailed to the extent that many of us were left feeling lost and alone. Sadly, even as lockdown restrictions begin to lift, some people in our communities will continue to feel lonely, either because they are still too scared to re-join ‘normal society’, or because their networks have dwindled to nothing, and they have no idea how to pick up the threads of their lives again.
June is #monthofcommunity which incorporates Volunteers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week. One of SCCCC most important services, is our volunteer befriending scheme under our Good Neighbour Scheme banner. Our volunteers are matched with an older person on our register who they then regularly visit (or telephone, as is currently the case due to Covid restrictions).
We all know that we should make a Will, but how many of us put it off, thinking (hoping) we have ‘plenty of time to sort it out’? Perhaps we’re put off by the potential cost or having to deal with solicitors? Perhaps we just don’t know where to start!
Isn’t it amazing how a spot of sunny, if somewhat chilly weather, and the country opening up again for business, has lightened everyone’s mood? We may still be being assailed on all sides by COVID 19 news and the nation is mourning the loss of our Monarch’s husband, but there is a definite feeling that ‘things are looking up’.
But what if you, or someone you know and love, is not feeling this way? What if instead of seeing light at the end of a very long dark tunnel they still feel trapped inside it? What if they see no way out of the dark?
When you hear, or see, the word ‘diet’ what immediately springs to mind? Probably a way of losing weight by depriving yourself of all the foods you love!
It’s the same with ‘healthy eating’ - your brain will picture lentils, brown rice and loads of vegetables.
It needn’t be like that. In fact, it shouldn’t be like that. But we have been brainwashed by so many fads, bonkers ideas, and assertions that we should all look a certain way, that we have forgotten WHY we actually eat in the first place…and that is to NOURISH our bodies and brains. The fact something tastes good is an added bonus.
With COVID-19 looking to be around for the foreseeable future, it seems to make sense to say ‘yes’ to being vaccinated - doesn’t it? However, a poll commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health in Dec 2020 revealed some statistics that are particularly worrying with regards to the BAME community.
Like many (most) charities, SCCCC relies on our volunteers, without them we could not hope to provide the support services that we want to vulnerable older adults in the Sheffield area.
As we greet the New Year, once again back in lockdown, it’s time for us to thank every single volunteer who helped us to get through 2020. Your determination to help, to visit in person when possible, to make those phone calls, and to write those letters, ensured that many older people were not left feeling totally alone. Thank You!
Christmas, usually a joyous time, is almost upon us. For many people Christmas 2020 is going to be far removed from the usual get togethers of family and friends – COVID-19 having put paid to large gatherings.
Are you feeling worried about Christmas? Are you going to miss out on being with loved ones due to the restrictions? Are you struggling to come to terms with the ‘new’ socially distanced way we are all having to do things this year?
Most of us, if we are being 100% truthful, will have answered ‘yes’ to at least one of those questions.
Lockdown is back again – this time ostensibly for just one month. Time alone will tell if this proves to be true.
When the UK first entered lockdown part 1 back in March, most of the country was fully onboard with the plan. We all realised (partly because that’s what we were being told) that COVID-19 was a potentially lethal and easily transmittable disease – so we all played along and did as we were told.
We cheered the NHS every Thursday and applauded centenarians who put on their walking shoes to raise funds for the health service charity. We seemed united as a country.
Somehow it doesn’t feel like that this time…