How you can help

Become a Street Champion – Support your local food bank

Whilst the whole of the country is on lockdown foodbanks have been relied upon more than ever. You can make a real impact in your local area by becoming a Street Champion and what better time to collect your donations for Black Country Foodbank than during Thursday’s Clap for Carers at 8pm?

How to organise donations

  • Make some space where you can store donations in a cool, dry place
  • Print off some street collection flyers to encourage your neighbours to support (You may wish to add a phone number or email address to the flyer just in case they can’t leave their items on a Thursday at 8pm and you need to arrange to collect them)
  • Distribute the flyers safely through the letterboxes of your neighbours
  • Join in your street’s ‘Clap for Carers’ on Thursday at 8pm
  • Collect in the donations afterwards
  • Drop them off at your local Foodbank Collection Point

Full Details including food items can be found here

Information for volunteers doing foodbank collections

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Reengage Call Companion

Over the last 20 years, the number of people over 75 who live alone has gone up to 2.2 million.

All too often, loneliness is the reality for older people and nearly half of older people say the TV is their main source of company.

Social isolation and loneliness are more than an emotional experience, they have huge mental and physical health implications. Older people living alone are significantly more likely to experience health problems, visit their GP or attend A&E.

As the ageing population continues to grow, so does the epidemic of loneliness among older people.

Reengage is a charity solely committed to tackling this problem by helping older people to re-engage with their communities through regular face to face contact, giving them a lifeline of friendship and something to look forward to.

The Call Companion role

All companions make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people providing a lifeline of friendship.  Regular chat and companionship is a vital link with the outside world.

Over time, call companions and the older person they are paired with will get to know each other and spend many hours of fun and laughter, sharing stories as well as offering support over the phone.

For more information on how to become a Call Companion visit https://www.reengage.org.uk/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/

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Boredom Busters

Can you help us to create fun resources for those who are shielding or self-isolating?

Nick Tromans, a local Primary Care Network Development Worker, came up with a great idea to help those who are digitally excluded by providing them with a variety of quizzes, puzzles, word searches etc. If you have some spare time on your hands and fancy yourself as a bit of a quiz master, why not have a go?

Please email us your completed resources (including any answers) to dale@dudleycvs.org.uk

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Bring Some Cheer!

Russell’s Hall Hospital would love your help to bring some cheer and positivity during the coronavirus pandemic.

They would love some upbeat and positive items to display to help boost morale for both staff and patients. Here are some suggestions:

  • Letters
  • Photos
  • Pictures
  • Drawings
  • Short poems
  • Positive messages or thoughts
  • Cards e.g. thinking of you

Please note: Items must be no bigger than A4 and unmounted.

Please post items to the hospital – Pensnett Rd, Dudley DY1 2HQ marked for the attention of Jane Fleetwood. Alternatively, you can drop items at the hospital reception in an envelope marked for the attention of Jane Fleetwood.

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For The Love Of Scrubs – Sewing to help frontline workers

Are you handy with a needle and thread? Dudley CVS is supporting the national campaign For The Love Of Scrubs and are looking for crafty volunteers to help produce the following items:

  • Hearts (6-8cm) hand sewn, knitted or crochet
  • A pair of hearts (as above) one for a patient and one for a loved one when they’re unable to be together
  • Scrub bags made from material to wash scrubs at the end of shift
  • Rainbows either crochet or knitted up to 10cm
  • Headbands, hand-sewn
  • Mask adapters made from material or crochet with cotton

If you would like to help please email dale@dudleycvs.org.uk

We can arrange for the materials to be delivered to your home and for the finished items to be collected. We need to know what you would like to make, how many and your chosen method.

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