What strange times we find ourselves in. I have heard that it has been likened to the occupation! Though I would not know about that, as my Mother who was here was a mere babe in arms. Nowadays we have access to news from around the world, as a constant stream of information, so we are not that cut-off, in fact I think possibly we may listen to the news on Coronavirus too much for our own state of mind. Now that people have stopped stock piling food and more importantly toilet paper, we cannot really complain about shortages, as none of us is going to starve to death. That said, if you are aware of anyone needing MOW then a referral can be made via a health professional, see below (Looking for Help). To be appearing in the Guernsey Press shortly.
Sadly, our Day Centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future as our clients are in the at-risk group. We will be guided by Public Health as to when it is safe for us to open again.
I would like to thank all our volunteers on MOW for their support through these unprecedented times. Please follow our guidelines when delivering meals.
- Keep your social distance unless you need to go inside because of the clients’ lack of mobility.
- Use the hand sanitiser, wipes and spray provided.
- Wash hands as soon as you get home.
- Do not forget your friendly interrogation of the clients. I have had reports back that they enjoy the little chats with you.
To the Day Centre staff Denise, Julie, Dani, Theresa, and Josie for calling the clients and Pam for sending out Newsletters. Thank you.
To the staff in the office, Sandra for keeping everything running smoothly and dealing with the influx of applications for volunteering. Sandy and Niki, our MOW coordinators, for stepping up to the mark with organising the extra rounds and additional COVID-19 volunteers. To Josie, JDC Manager, who has accepted the alternative role as woman Friday in the office and more importantly receiving the meals, which are now delivered to Jubilee, and distributing to the volunteers at a safe distance. To Chris and Digimap for the printout of maps for all the MOW clients, which makes life easier for our stand-in volunteers. Finally, Bill who is cleaning the MOW cars, making sure they have full tanks and for running the empty food boxes back up to the hospital. THANK YOU.
All of you, Volunteers and Staff, make me very proud to be GVS Manager and I thank you and applaud you.
Keep safe and keep sane.
Looking for help?
- If you are unable to cook or don’t have a regular hot meal and would benefit from Meals on Wheels a referral can be made via a health professional by emailing: HSCresource.email@example.com or tel 725241 (ext 3313)
- If you need some groceries delivered, then call St John on 742147
- If you need your medication collected and delivered to your home, contact St John on 742147
- If you are feeling lonely and isolated contact St John Caring Caller line on 720088
- If you are a carer and need some support call 07781 444488
- If you are suffering domestic abuse call SAFER on 721999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.safer.gg
- If you are grieving contact The Guernsey Bereavement Service, email email@example.com or call 257778