We are Brighton's loneliness charity and we support some of the most isolated people in the city. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we've seen a 91% increase in referrals to our services as the most vulnerable in our city look for help with accessing food, medication and above all, friendship. Our emergency campaign will help to fund this frontline work. We want to recruit, train and mobilise more volunteers to provide phone based befriending while supporting with food and medication deliveries to people who are extremely isolated. All of our volunteers are fully trained and security checked. We are working with local partners and Brighton & Hove City Council, part of the city-wide Community Hub that is coordinating efforts to reach the most vulnerable. Together, we are working to get support to all those who need it but we know this exceptional demand will continue for some time. This is why we've launched this campaign and are asking for your help.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We know that loneliness has dramatic impact on wellbeing with there a 29% increased risk of death from social isolation. The COVID-19 pandemic and imposed lockdown is having dramatic impact, particularly on adults who are already extremely vulnerable and isolated because of age, gender, mental or physical health issues. We can make a difference. This project will increase the number of volunteers that we can deploy across Brighton & Hove so that anyone who needs help or needs friendship can get it. It begins with reaching the 200 people who are classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and making sure they have the reliable food, medication deliveries alongside telephone support they need. We then want to scale what is available across the city by creating and sharing resources to improve volunteering so that we can meet this exceptional demand - today and into the future. Every single pound donated will go to those most in need and have a direct impact.
Steps to get it done:
We are a loneliness charity that, for more than 20 years, has created connections that change lives. We tackle loneliness and isolation by providing Befriending, Social prescribing and Volunteering services to those in need, sharing expertise to support change locally and nationally. Our Befriending service is one of the country’s largest and longest running ‘good neighbour’ schemes. It supports those who are isolated because of age, a mental or physical health condition that has limited their mobility. Before COVID-19, each year we would help more than 1,000 people with our 450 volunteers giving more than 15,000 hours of one-to-one befriending support. To amplify all we do, we work in partnership with the voluntary sector including with Brighton & Hove City Council as part of the COVID-19 Community Hub.
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