COVID-19 – What can I do right now to help?

By Georgia
on Wed 18 Mar 2020

We know that this is a tough time, and that it’s hard to know what to do to help.

As a team, we’ve been astounded by the number of incredible people who have come forward wanting to help.

As a result, we’ve come up with the following ways you can do a little something whilst maintaining precautions yourself:

  • Firstly, stay in touch with your loved ones. Even a five minute phone call on a regular basis will make a huge difference, and something like a care pack or letter will brighten their day during this time. There is a chance older people will be isolated for a prolonged period of time, so start these good habits now if you can.
  • Secondly, consider what you can do for vulnerable family members who may not live nearby. Can you organise a supermarket delivery for them? Can you set up a regular call or video chat? Can you help them organise for someone to drop off medicine or essentials to them? There’s a lot you can do from afar that will make a difference.
  • Thirdly, think about your neighbours who are older and vulnerable. If you already have a relationship with any of your neighbours, why not pop a note through the door to see if you can help? There’s a lot you can do without direct contact (that might put them at risk), such as picking up bits from the shops or walking their dog, and this could make a big difference.
  • Finally, keep supporting local charities, services and businesses. For many older people, local and accessible businesses and projects are essential – and we need them to survive long term so that they are there for older people when the isolation period is over.

This is going to be a tough time for lots of smaller local organisations, so if you can, keep supporting these local organisations. It will make a long term difference to older people’s communities!

We will be updating our social media on a regular basis with information and opportunities. For further advice and ideas, check out our friends at Volunteer Edinburgh and Age Scotland.

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