Royal Voluntary Service's £5million COVID-19 Emergency Appeal
Help Royal Voluntary Service to support older and vulnerable people throughout Great Britain during the Coronavirus pandemic and in the months to come as our NHS and our communities recover.
Royal Voluntary Service has launched a national emergency appeal to raise £5million to allow us to provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of vulnerable and older people during this crisis. The Coronavirus Pandemic is an unprecedented event in our lifetime, and we are now mobilising to support Britain as we did during WW2, when we helped communities cope with the hardships of war.
As proud partners of NHS England we have built an army of new volunteers – “NHS Volunteer Responders” to protect the 1.5million most at risk and others NHS professionals feel are clinically vulnerable. However, the group requiring support is far wider and Royal Voluntary Service is needed now more than ever before across the whole of Great Britain to help fight Covid-19. With strict rules now in place to ‘stay at home’, many are in desperate need, and isolation shouldn’t mean coping alone.
Right now, older and vulnerable people in our communities are at risk
Our services provide a lifeline to people in hospitals and in the community – to those who find themselves in a vulnerable situation and in need of some support. Now, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in Britain, the demand for our help has become even more vital.
At this crucial time we are adapting our services to ensure we can:
- Make hundreds of thousands of calls offering companionship, support and advice
- Give regular well-being checks
- Deliver essential food, toiletries and prescriptions to people unable to leave their homes, which in turn supports all of us to protect the NHS
- Transport people to important medical appointments
- Address loneliness by delivering in-home activities through a new ‘virtual village hall’ to help tackle the issues arising from isolation and help protect physical and mental health.
We urgently need funding to support this new way of working. We have proven through the rapid mobilisation of NHS Volunteer Responders what is possible to achieve and we must continue to step up through this crisis and after when our NHS and communities will need our help and support to recover.
Please donate and help us continue to support vulnerable and older people across Great Britain and minimise the impact of COVID-19 today.
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