We’re delighted to be part of Operation No Cold Shoulder offering support to ease isolation in partnership with Age UK Norfolk, Community Action Norfolk, Creative Arts East and Future Projects. Funding from this project allows us to offer Befriending in North Lynn and Dersingham. More information about Operation No Cold Shoulder is available on the Community Action Norfolk website.
We are working with four Care Homes as part of the Care Home Connectors project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to reduce social isolation for residents.
We received ear protectors knitted by Anne Sayell via the Angels of Kings Lynn group and postcards from Paul Macro Photography. The ear protectors are for Care Home staff to increase comfort while wearing PPE and the postcards are for each resident to write and send to their loved ones during the Covid19 lockdown while visiting is restricted.
While our usual befriending as part of Care Home Connectors cannot happen at the moment we’ve been remaining in regular contact with the care homes. They are extremely busy working with current government guidelines in response to Covid:19. There has been a huge amount of community spirit, kindness and generosity during the pandemic and we have been able to connect the care homes we are working with to some wonderful members of the community.
Together with great community spirit, the care homes will soon be receiving cards in partnership with Norfolk Linking Lives and the local primary school. This is to help reduce the isolation felt by residents, which is more prevalent than ever.
We are also very grateful to Paul Macro Landscape Photography for kindly donating postcards to all residents in all four care homes. These postcards are for the residents to write and send to their families who cannot visit them at present due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The kindness just keeps coming! A lovely lady, called Anne in the Angels of Kings Lynn group who knitted some ear protectors for the staff at the care homes. These ear protectors will help staff with PPE as it stops the elastic from face masks digging into the skin.
As well as keeping in regular contact with the care homes, Amanda, Project Coordinator is also keeping in regular contact with the volunteers and updating them with the current status of the project.
West Norfolk Befriending (Care Home Connectors) is very grateful and thankful for such kindness shown to our project. It’s at times like these that our community really has gone above and beyond, Thank you.