Volunteers step up to support older people’s charity
Local older people’s charity, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) have mobilised their volunteers to support their communities beyond their normal roles.
SCCCC’s Good Neighbour Friendly Visiting Scheme, where older people are visited by volunteers on a regular basis, has been suspended until further notice to keep our older generation safe. But that doesn’t stop them supporting older people in other ways.
Volunteers are doing a number of tasks including; food shopping, collecting prescriptions, telephoning their service user where possible and even writing to them.
Rachel Cundy, Good Neighbour volunteer, seen here writing to her service user said;
“I love visiting my lady but I know that by having no face to face contact with her keeps her safe. I have been telephoning her on a regular basis and thought it would be nice for her to receive a letter through the post.”
Mark Storey CEO of SCCCC said “This unprecedented decision to suspend the face to face service goes against all that we stand for in our fight to combat loneliness and isolation but by implementing this decision we are keeping both our service users and volunteers safe at this difficult time”
SCCCC will continue to offer support to older people throughout the Coronavirus outbreak and hope that normal service will resume as soon as possible.
If you need any support please contact: Volunteers@scccc.co.uk or telephone: 0114 2505293.