East London Cares is all about helping people find connection and community in times of challenge and change. It's our mission to help our neighbours to reduce their isolation and loneliness; to improve their confidence, wellbeing, belonging, purpose and power through face-to-face relationships; and to bridge the gaps across social, generational, digital and attitudinal divides.
We take very seriously our responsibility to all of our neighbours' and our community's collective health and wellbeing: it is our first priority.
So given the vulnerability of older people, in particular, to the new Coronavirus, we have developed a plan to protect our neighbours from infection while also ensuring that they can stay connected in this disconnecting time. That plan is based around three core pillars which broadly reflect the government's:
PHASE ONE – COMMUNICATE internally and externally based on the advice from government and health agencies:
PHASE TWO – RESPOND to further government advice as it emerges:
PHASE THREE – ADAPT through broader programme suspension:
This final point is key. At a time of challenge, change and social distancing, when self-isolation or imposed isolation may become a necessity in order to protect community health, we will work with partners to develop innovative alternatives to help our neighbours to stay connected – online, on the phone and in the community, albeit not face-to-face. We are planning for the best but preparing for the worst case scenario.
If you would like to support East London Cares to help our older neighbours stay connected at this disconnecting time, please read about how you can support us here.
Posted by Alex Smith on Wednesday 11th March 2020
Alex is NLC's founder and CEO.