South London Cares launches Coronavirus appeal to help keep older people connected

Katherine Johnston (29 March, 2020)

'Our work over the forthcoming weeks and months is now even more important than ever'

35784Margaret (94) and Grace (30), who met through the charity. Keeping friends like them in touch over video and the phone will help protect older people from Coronavirus and loneliness during the next three months.

A matched crowdfunding appeal has been launched by South London Cares, a charity which helps older residents stay connected with their community.

The charity has been forced to put its face-to-face work on hold, and so is now trying to find innovative ways to continue bringing people together across the generational divide.

It has already piloted online social clubs, regular telephone calls between younger and older neighbours to help combat loneliness and social isolation.

Through the charity, neighbours are sharing messages, drawings, and playing games with elderly residents nearby.

A crowdfunder to keep this work going has now launched with the help of a generous backer who will match all donations. The charity hopes to raise £20,000.

“We work with older people who are most at risk of COVID-19 and social isolation, and our work over the forthcoming weeks and months is now even more important than ever,” a spokesperson for the charity told the News.

“South London Cares will focus on maintaining the strong relationships with older people that we’ve formed over the past eighteen months by staying connected to one another, even if this is from afar.

“We’re so grateful for the kindness shown by people sending in beautiful messages and pictures that we are sharing around our network and with our older neighbours.

“It’s a true sign and representation of the positive and strong spirit that constantly ripples through our city.”

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