The motivation behind our emergency fund is to support charities and organisations caring for their community during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, more than ever, it has been of utmost importance to ensure that these bodies have access to funding. A financial boost allows them to continue operating at a time when people need them most.
Dartmouth Caring are dedicated to helping vulnerable people in the town and associated fringe areas to live their lives as they choose. The coronavirus has presented unique challenges for Dartmouth’s significant elderly population – many of whom are currently shielding.
Usually, a team of staff and volunteers deliver a wide range of face-to-face services. Working in partnership with the Dartmouth Medical Practice they provide advice, practical help and emotional support, including picking up shopping, collecting prescriptions and hosting a bi-weekly lunch club.
Coronavirus restrictions mean that the charity has had to find new ways of working. While the lunch club cannot function, staff and volunteers are proving a meals-on-wheels service.
Telephone outreach, known as befriending, has also been incredibly important, especially for those isolating alone. They have also organised contactless food and prescription drop offs and collections.
The support of our emergency fund has given Dartmouth Caring the financial injection needed to continue and expand these services throughout Dartmouth and surrounding homes. Alongside funding from Dartmouth Food Festival, they have been able to provide free meals-on-wheels on a scale they couldn’t have otherwise managed. Not only does this enable people to receive hot meals at no cost, but also gives them the opportunity to see a friendly face.
Dartmouth Caring also requested funding for a second office line. This means that staff can reach out to more people in the community and expand the befriending scheme. Moreover, this helps staff to check up on the physical and mental health of more clients.
Maintaining access to these services has been really important. The charity told us,
“We have had so many positive phone calls with clients who are over the moon with what is available.”
With many people remaining in self-isolation, it is crucial that Dartmouth Caring are able to continue operating. We’re proud to support the charity’s ongoing commitment to give people the lift they need to live independently.
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