Update from Support4Dacorum
On week three of lockdown at the Roundhouse on Marlowes, the Support4Dacorum team have interviewed nearly 200 potential volunteers, all by face to face online platforms. Many of these have been passed on to AGE UK Dacorum to help with their befriending scheme so that more isolated residents can receive regular phone calls.
Many others have been allocated to the new “Store to Door” project, launched by Community Action Dacorums transport team, led by its manager Deborah Fogden.
Store to Door takes shopping lists and payment over the phone from local residents who are self-isolating and uses volunteers to shop and deliver to their doorstep. The volunteers use payment cards issued by the charity so that no cash changes hands, to help protect the volunteer and the residents who need the shopping.
Deborah said that the scheme is working well but said that taking shopping lists over the phone is time consuming because the calls are a life-line to many, who have been isolating alone for well over a month.
There are 130 households registered on the scheme so far and 50 shopping trips and prescription drop offs have taken place, some by a very familiar volunteer Sir Mike Penning MP who is very happy to do his bit. Currently there are 23 volunteers checked and ready to help and plenty more available if the service requires it. Shoppers can order up to 30 items or £45 worth of shopping per trip.
Deborah said “Volunteers are all being fantastic, some have had horrendous queues at supermarkets, one queued for 1 hour at Waitrose! Another said a shop took her over 2 hours at Tesco, but none of them have moaned or said they won’t do it. They are being fantastic and keen to support”.
We have also had lots of positive feedback including this one from Christopher Day who said “Stephen has done a fantastic shop for me very much appreciated”
Self-isolating and in need of Store to door assistance? Please phone 01442 212888