A time for change
Since mid-March, SVC have been adapting our projects and volunteering opportunities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related lockdown. With so many of our projects usually being face-to-face activities, we've had to think of new ways to support both our beneficiaries and volunteers.
Due to social distancing measures, volunteers are now supporting children and adults with disabilities on a one-to-one basis digitally, through check-ins, video calls, playing games online, pen-pals, and more.
SVC have been working with our sister charity Innovate Trust to run a digital weekly activities calendar, with yoga, bingo, drama, and a volunteer-run community sing-a-long all on offer!
Volunteers have been offering their time to help deliver food parcels across the South Wales area to those in need, in partnership with Innovate Trust and Safer Wales.
Quote from Wally Walsh who runs a sing along -
"My role couldn’t be more rewarding, because week in, week out, I get to see new faces, make new connections and sing songs with new friends – all from my living room. Music has that magic quality of uniting people." - Wally Walsh
New ways to work with our partners
Due to the success of our virtual social clubs with beneficiaries from Innovate Trust and the Huggard, we are currently in the process of setting up a virtual social club with NHS patients! As many patients are unable to have visitors at the moment, a social club will be a wonderful way to connect with a range of people who are spending time in hospital feeling lonely and isolated.
Huggard Homeless Centre
SVC have been running a volunteering project with the Huggard for over 10 years (possibly even 20)! We have been doing our best to continue offering social enrichment throughout lockdown, so we have set up a social club over Zoom in order to help combat feelings of boredom, loneliness and isolation. Each week we will host a range of virtual activities!
We are developing a sewing initiative to make washable and reusable face coverings for our partners over at Innovate trust - they are a charity who provide support to disabled adults to enable them to live independently within their homes. These face coverings would be made for the support staff, and the beneficiaries they support.
If you have sewing experience and a machine and you'd like to get involved - we would love to hear from you!
Fill out our application form here to get involved - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0eciRBq0NfsaLnPPM3fcygqiTcVYgbsbMyKg5WL4FpFTTOQ/viewform