Trust springs into ACT-ion

Just Regional
Apr 16, 2020 3 mins read

It seems that everyone is busy caring for, helping and supporting others at the moment, including the busy team at the Aylsham and District Care Trust. JANE BISHOP, central services manager, has sent in this report of how the charity is carrying on its work during the current pandemic lockdown.

Aylsham and District Care Trust (ACT) has been providing support to people in our community for more than 30 years. Dealing with the impact of social isolation was the original purpose for the development of our services and this remains at the heart of what we do today. So, when we had to suspend our minibus shopping trips, social outings and lunch clubs, we had to think about what we could do to carry on supporting people and turned our focus on how we could help them at home.

Since the lockdown, our café has closed, but the team has put in place a Meals on Wheels delivery service offering two courses of good home-cooked food for £7.50 in Aylsham and the surrounding villages. This runs from Monday to Friday and lunch is delivered between noon and 1pm. From Monday, April 20, we will also be offering a takeaway tea for delivery as well.

Liz, our catering manager, ably assisted by Amanda and volunteer Sandi (pictured her doing the washing up) distributed bunches of flowers, plants and Easter eggs along with meals to cheer up those who may have been feeling very lonely without visitors to their homes over Easter. Of course, all government guidance on social distancing is observed, but at least it means we can give a friendly wave through the window. We take delivery of unwanted food from Tesco and Waitrose and pass this on to make sure nothing goes to waste. We even deliver vegetables that are past their best for humans to Cromer Zoo.

Amanda at the Orange Blossom Cafe which is now closed, but is the hub for a popular Meals on Wheels service.

If anyone needs help to get food or essential supplies, our dedicated volunteers are shopping, collecting prescriptions and taking people to medical appointments. Although our normal programme of activities has been suspended, the social outings team are ringing all the people who normally come along on our trips for a chat and to see how they are coping in these difficult times. We are working in conjunction with the community response to coronavirus in the Aylsham area.

Our Day Centre in North Walsham has had to be suspended for the time-being, but we are still providing community support for people in their homes. This service is for anyone who needs a little extra help from one of our professional team. If you know anyone in North Walsham, Aylsham or the surrounding villages who might benefit from this please get in touch and we can talk about how we may be able to help.

We have retained some staff to manage and coordinate our services but, as always, we are completely reliant on the generosity and goodwill of our volunteers, and many new people have kindly offered to help. However, at the moment we are trying to keep this support to a minimum as we are aware of the importance of the social isolation protocols and want to do all that we can to keep everyone safe.

We look forward to a time when we can reopen and welcome back all of our members and community groups. If you would like to find out more about us, please call Alison on 01263 733385 or email reception@aylshamcaretrust.com

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