Support during COVID-19

During the Coronavirus crisis we  had to suspend our normal services and develop new ways to provide remote support for our participants and volunteers, to address their needs and support their health and wellbeing during this challenging time

PLEASE NOTE: Some face-to-face services have now resumed, at limited capacity. Please get in touch for further information. 

Our remote services include:

Wellbeing Parcels: We provide all of our participants and volunteers with wellbeing parcels every month, containing gardening resources, creative activities, learning materials and essential items such as food, toiletries and cleaning products.

Wellbeing Calls: Our staff undertake regular wellbeing calls with our participants and volunteers to keep track of how they are doing and if they require any additional support.

Internet Access Support: We provide phone credit vouchers to support our participants and volunteers to maintain internet connections and keep them in regular contact, to reduce social isolation. We  also established several WhatsApp groups to help people stay connected and communicating.

Befriending Service: Our befriending service identifies participants at high risk of social isolation and pairs them with a volunteer befriender, who checks in regularly with them about their health and wellbeing and to socialise.

Remote Language Learning: Both 1-to-1 and group English Language support sessions have been offered throughout the crisis, and volunteer-led “Language Buddy” programme has recently been launched.

Digital Skills Project: Participants are supported to share their talents, passions, skills and stories through videos, podcasts and other digital means. The programme is delivered through regular group sessions and workshops, while a number of partners, including Baltic Gateshead, SailCreative and Star & Shadow, have also been supporting participants along the way to develop their story-telling, presentation and technical skills.

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Staying Safe during COVID-19

We urge all our participants, volunteers and partners to stay safe and keep informed by following the latest guidance from the government and NHS.

You may also find to following resources useful:

Samaritans:

116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Alcoholics Anonymous:

0800 032 5945

NHS:

111 advice / 999 emergency

Coping in Stressful Times: Advice in multiple languages:

http://www.awp.nhs.uk/news-publications/publications/patient-information/translated/