Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) have set up a pen pal scheme during the Coronavirus lock down to support people that are isolated.
I think its a great idea to start writing letters again to those we love and miss, or to someone we don’t know to brighten their day. After all you can read a letter over and over, whereas a phone call finishes and that’s an end to it. I have done my first letter.
Letters can be posted to:
Pen Pal Scheme – SCCCC Unit 19, President Buildings, Saville Street East, Sheffield S4 7UQ.
Why not give it a go?
This is the fourth week of lock-down. It has been a surreal time for most people getting used to being at home most of the time. I can’t help but think of the number of people, for whom this is normal life being restricted to going out either by age or disability of some sort. I think we do adapt to a quieter life style once we have had to live it for a while, but sometimes its the loneliness that takes over our thoughts.
There is no substitute for physically being with someone and talking to them and seeing their facial expressions, but at least with modern technology there is Skype ad Zoom to connect people. For those without modern technology the good old fashioned phone call can at least keep you connected with friends and family.
Many people however, are on their own without people to support them, and that is when Treasured Time can step in and be the friend at the end of the phone, and in due course when the lock-down is lifted we can meet in person and strengthen our connection. So don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give me a call.
It is a difficult time for many older people advised to maintain social distancing from friends and family.
I am contacting all my clients to agree what they would like to do in this period of isolation. Some can receive phone calls instead of visits, other visits may need to be postponed. Where relatives are particularly concerned about how their relative is managing, and may need some assistance with meals etc, I can maintain visits. If this is the case I will take extra precautions on hygiene and distance, and obviously not go if either myself or the client has any symptoms of the virus.
I can do additional phone calls where this is felt to be of help, and also go to the supermarket for clients to get supplies in. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 07890 134 656.
Lunch clubs enable older people across the city to make long lasting friendships,
share good food and enjoy interesting activities. They are friendly and supportive
groups, predominately run by volunteers with a desire to give something back to their
local community. Costs are minimal to attend.
You can find out more online at Sheffield Directory (see link) or by looking out for
notices in local shops and libraries.
All the parties acknowledge the need to improve the current health care system for the elderly in their manifesto’s.
The Lib Dems say they will raise £7 billion a year additional revenue which will be ring-fenced to be spent only on NHS and social care services. This revenue it to be generated from a 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax (this revenue will be neither levied nor spent in Scotland.)
Labor states that urgent funding is needed as well as structural change for the long term, and believes personal care should be free at the point of use, paid for through general
taxation, like healthcare, and have described their plans for a National Care Service with freepersonal care in the policy document ‘Towards a National Care Service’, however it is not made clear how this will be addressed.
The Conservatives say as a first step and to stabilise the Social Care system, they announced in the autumn additional funding of £1 billion for the year beginning in April 2020. They are now confirming this additional funding in every year of the new Parliament.
So food for thought – a minor issue to some a major issue to others.