Murray Hall Community Trust delivers the SPARCS service in Sandwell. The service is funded by BIG Lottery and aims to reduce isolation and loneliness for people over the age of 65. The service is supported by a small but dedicated team of volunteers who support our clients in various ways; this could be by helping out in a support group or by visiting clients at home.
In this very challenging time, during the global pandemic, the support provided by our volunteers has never been appreciated more.
Due to Government guidelines and social distancing restrictions, we are no longer able to carry out home visits.
However our volunteers have continued to support our clients by visiting people and standing at the end of the garden, having a chat and checking on their welfare.
At a time when family members and friends are prevented from visiting, the visits by our volunteers make a massive difference to how people feel and how they can cope with the current situation.
They will see if they need any support such as shopping or collection of prescriptions, and will feed back to the team if there are any support needs.
Just that weekly interaction with the volunteer can keep their spirits up and keep them feeling positive.
Other volunteers are keeping in touch with group members to see how they are, as they will miss their visits to groups and the interactions with their friends. This is a life line for some who perhaps have no family support and have support needs. Again the volunteer will be the link who will alert the team of any issues that may occur.
As some staff are working from home, we are able to make daily phone calls to clients to see how they are and provide any assistance or reassurance they may need.
If you would like to get involved and volunteer in this valuable work – contact our SPARCS team via our CONTACT PAGE