Now more than ever we need to work together to get through these challenging times.
At Meaningful Recruitment we have the connections and we are playing our part in supporting those in need. We're helping those wanting to contribute their energy and we're sharing our knowledge in the hope that we might inspire you to make a difference to others. We believe we can achieve much more if we work together not just during the next few months but in the longer term.
This blog will help our customers who are keen to help the elderly.
Please share the information with your friends, family, work colleagues and to groups such as Facebook community groups.
If you'd like to volunteer your energy and help these organisations there are links below so you can get in touch directly with them. We're told any help will be gratefully received.
Age UK have a team of helpers on their help line ready to give advice on money, care or health matters the number is 0800 678 1602. They're available to speak every day 8 am - 7 pm 365 days a year.
Go to www.ageuk.org.uk to access lots of helpful information and if you'd like to volunteer your help go to: www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer
Campaign to End Loneliness have a great website with lots of information and ideas if you're concerned about a relative, neighbour or member of community who may be in need of some support and feeling lonely. There is a helpful link below with suggestions such as these:-
Call friends, colleagues and relatives regularly on the phone and see how they are.
Put a note through people's doors to see if they are ok and give your contact number or address instead of email addresses as they may not have access to technology.
Create WhatsApp groups with neighbours, family or friends. Share news of how you’re getting on and ask other people how they are.
Use the phone, text, use FaceTime, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and keep in touch.
Offer to help others with shopping or running errands. You could use an app like Nextdoor to see if your neighbours need assistance. If you’re worried about transmitting the virus you can leave bags on the doorstep.
For more information go to www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/coronavirus-and-social-isolation .
If you'd like to get involved and help directly go to: www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/support-us/
Dementia UK provide a wonderful service for families and people facing life with dementia. The Admiral Nurses give specialist support when daily life gets challenging or difficult and practical advice is needed. Please do get in touch with them if you know someone in need and share their details.
Help is available by calling their helpline 0800 888 6678 or going to www.dementiauk.org
If you're a nurse and feel passionate about dementia care you can view their current roles here: www.dementiauk.org/about-us/work-for-dementia-uk/
Get involved and show your support in other ways too by going :
Reengage are a charity that are committed in making sure the elderly are heard, valued and engaged.
Reengage (formerly known as Contact the Elderly) are helping many older people to ensure they are not isolated, lonely and struggling on their own. They stress that they will not leave anyone behind.
If you'd like to get in touch and ask for some advice or refer someone in need to the charity go to: www.reengage.org.uk/refer/
If you'd like to offer your help and volunteer go to: www.reengage.org.uk/volunteer/
Meal Providers for the Elderly
Finally, if you know an elderly person struggling to get food in to their homes please consider contacting these meal providers who are ensuring they follow every precaution to prepare the food and deliver it safely:
www.getpresto.co.uk/ and www.apetito.co.uk/
We hope this information helps and ask that you share it with as many people in your network to help those in need.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries.
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