We’ve been determined since the beginning of the pandemic to continue running our projects and supporting our beneficiaries as best we can. This has meant being creative with our project delivery.
We’re still running digital befriending sessions (and in-person sessions too)
We’re continuing to run digital sessions with many of our beneficiary groups, which means that people can still join in to our sessions from the comfort of their home. This includes bingo, quiz club, game show and much more.
Our Befriending Scheme is still going strong, supporting adults with learning disabilities. Our volunteers have been having either in-person weekly catch-ups, or by phone calls, video calls and letters (some do a mixture of all these depending on their plans). Some have been playing games online and sending their artwork in the post. Others have been meeting for walks, going shopping or going for cinema and food. This scheme has been instrumental in combatting isolation, loneliness and boredom for beneficiaries and volunteers alike.
Kate and Stef at Shiny Happy People have also been running weekly sing-along sessions for our adults with learning disabilities, which have been full of joy and laughter. These sessions are delivered in person in RCT, but are blended sessions, allowing beneficiaries to attend in person or via zoom.
And we’re running some in-person projects again…
We’re running more and more in-person opportunities as the restrictions ease, however we still provide and encourage the use of PPE on many projects to keep the people we support safe. If you enjoy working in the community, meeting people in-person then check out Be Friends, You’ve Got a Friend, Police Volunteering, LOL, Young Carers Club, Coffee & Bingo to name a few – the list keeps growing as we risk assess and plan ahead.