Local charity provides hampers to support those in isolation

Local care charity is fighting back against Coronavirus by proving local vulnerable people who are self-isolators with support hampers.

Caring Conenctions is a local charity which specialises in reducing social isolation through the delivery of home care and community projects. The charity provides home care support to over 50 plus local residents all of whom would be classed as vulnerable to the escalating risk of Coronavirus requiring self-isolation. All of these individuals will be receiving a self-isolation hamper.
The hampers contain some long life food stuffs but also things to keep the mind active such as puzzle books, crossroads, adult colouring books and notepads.

The charity is encouraging people to get creative and write down short stories / poems and reflections with the aims of developing a booklet but mostly to ensure people’s minds are kept active when self-isolating. It is well known that when isolated, individuals can have a deterioration in mental health increasing levels of depression and anxiety which ultimately then affects physical health / mortality.

Paul Growney CEO of Caring Connections stated ‘As a charity the issue of social isolation is something we encounter regularly this has increased tenfold with the impacts of Coronavirus with many already vulnerable people being asked to isolate for up to 12 weeks. As an organisation that provides care we have to make provisions to ensure care is maintained however our other main concern is the mental wellbeing of the individuals isolating.

This is why we have introduced the packs with a number of activities to try and stimulate people’s brains and refocus on creative pursuits. We know this isn’t going to solve the problem all together however in combination with the fantastic response from other community groups and local individuals we really think we can make a difference to people in isolation’