Age UK Isle of Wight has put out an appeal for people to help with shopping and collecting medication or befriending elderly residents either by phone or using digital media. Chief Executive Jo Dare thanked Islanders who had already been in touch and asked those who had already volunteered but had yet to hear back to ‘bear with us’, saying that co-ordinating responses was not easy when guidelines are ‘ever-evolving’.
She said: “We really need anyone able, but who’ve not already done so, to register your support and please do not feel disheartened if you are not enlisted immediately. This is a marathon not a sprint and as the pandemic continues, your help will be even more crucial in a few weeks’ time.”
The charity is working with other organisations, including pharmacies and supermarkets to build local networks to deliver support in the most effective way.
You can register to help at bit.ly/volsupport. You will be asked to complete a simple application form and once you are volunteering you will be provided with a Letter of Authorisation confirming that you are working with the organisation.
If you are self-isolating and need support, or if you’re worried about a friend or family member you can contact Help the Aged IW on (01983) 525282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.