Keep older people connected

Emergency Appeal Help older people stay connected

All the evidence from this pandemic shows that older people are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill or dying if they contract Coronavirus. The government’s measures, while essential to protect our older population, will leave them frightened, lonely and in greater need of support than ever before. Older people in your community need your help.

For more than 35 years, we have worked hard to ensure older people have choice in the care they receive, a community to be part of, and friendship to rely on for support. In the space of just a few weeks, we have had to take some heart-breaking decisions that go against so many of the things we have worked so hard to achieve.

Help our club members stay in touch with the outside world

The temporary suspension of our 94 Brendoncare friendship clubs leaves at least 1700 older people without regular company. Our wonderful volunteers, along with staff from our clubs team and central office, are doing all they can to stay in touch with club members by telephone and any other means possible, and we are sharing useful resources and local information wherever we can.

Facetime, WhatsApp, Zoom and Skype are helping many of us in our own lives to stay in touch with friends and family. There are online workouts, virtual choirs, digital quiz nights and many more opportunities for us to be part of a massive online community.

Mary Rose Mews resident Bob Weighton will be 112 years old on Sunday 29th March. When he proposed to his future wife at the age of 25, he had to do it by letter, and he waited six weeks for her reply. He says communication is one of the greatest advances he has seen in his lifetime. “Now, with Skype, you can see the person and talk to them immediately. That would have been a miracle.”

It’s a world we would like to help our club members gain access to. Your donation now can help open up a whole new world for older people.

  • £7 could buy an exercise mat so older people can join in with virtual classes
  • £10 could pay for a weekly call to an older person to chat, relieve anxiety, and make sure they have enough food and medication
  • £25 could pay for a two month Netflix subscription
  • £40 could buy a tablet and technology training to connect an older person to the outside world. Recipients could play games, read books, and learn new skills, as well as video call their club friends.

If you’re working from home, maybe you could donate the cost of your daily commute and takeaway coffee?

We’re IN – are you?

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