Many people are finding it harder to make ends meet at this time, but the Carers Information Service is there to help.
If you are financially struggling, have a caring role (look after a friend, family member or neighbour who relies on you for help due to illness, disability or old age), and live in Croydon, please email the Carers Information Service manager firstname.lastname@example.org and she can help you access support.
You can also email email@example.com or call 020 8649 9339 option 1 for carer information, advice and support.
Carers Information Service Carers Support Centre 24 George Street Croydon CR0 1PB
Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) is coordinating Croydon’s voluntary and community sector effort to maintain social connections across the borough.
They are compiling a directory of services and activities still running so ask that all groups email firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details of whatever support the group is managing to provide.
The telephone helpline for vulnerable people who need support is 020 8253 7076. Please pass this on to anyone who may need it.
For anyone who is able to volunteer, Croydon Voluntary Action has a very short form to fill in. Click here. Complete and submit this to the Volunteer Centre team, who will then get in touch with you.
CVA Resource Centre is operating as a Community Hub – a food and medicines collection and delivery point. To make donations please contact them on 020 8253 1268 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday, or email Shalina.Alabaksh@cvalive.org.uk
Croydon Voluntary Action CVA Resource Centre
82 London Rd
NHS Volunteer Respondershas been set up and will be delivered by the Royal Voluntary Service to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. An ‘army’ of volunteers are needed to support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well.
NHS doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks.
Community Response volunteer:
This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back into their home.
NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.
How does it work? Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’, and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.
This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020.
Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.
Who can volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.
The safety of volunteers is priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our ‘getting started pack’. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.
Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the ‘getting started pack’.