Brendoncare is a registered charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people through their care homes, close care facilities and social clubs across the south of England.
Brendoncare Clubs bring joy and friendship to 1,700 older people in Hampshire and Dorset, thus preventing loneliness and isolation. With the temporary suspension of the 94 clubs, and many members living alone, a contact and support service has been set up to help maintain the positive connections and friendships they usually enjoy through their regular clubs.
Brendoncare is entirely committed to helping older people at this time and is offering regular contact through telephone and written communications to all 1,700 members and volunteers. A team of 100 Brendoncare staff and volunteers are providing this vital communication. The support is focusing on helping to alleviate the extreme loneliness that some older people face, regularly checking they have enough medicine and essential supplies, and putting them in touch with external resources and community partners, if needed.
Following a recent telephone call, a club member commented, “Thank you for calling us the other day to see if we needed anything – we are 100% OK luckily, but you calling was a great boost knowing there was someone there if needed. We are so pleased we joined the Kurling club.”
Sam Agnew, Head of Brendoncare Clubs, said, “We have had such a positive response to the telephone calls, it is making a huge difference to our members’ lives. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who are helping to brighten up our members’ days.”
The cost to provide the regular telephone contact service for 1,700 people every month is £27,750, which equates to £3.77 per person each week. An emergency appeal has been launched to raise funds to ensure support can be continued whilst the clubs remain closed. https://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/bccoronavirus