We are very grateful to all who have reached out through the Coronavirus Community Support Hub with ‘offers of support.’ We have seen have true community spirit at this challenging time. Please be aware that we are experiencing a high volume of ‘offers’ at present and our team are working through this as a priority.
Following the announcement from Matt Hancock regarding the NHS Volunteer Responders Initiative, we are asking all individual volunteers who have expressed an interest to support the East Riding through the www.beecan.org website, to now also register on www.goodsamapp.org/NHS. This is the NHS’s own site for managing volunteers.
This will enable us to work with the NHS and other voluntary groups, to ensure the generous offers of volunteering are directed to where they can make the most impact.
With permission, we would like to retain contact information for all those who have contacted us, for a time limited period, to keep them updated with news from the HEY Smile Foundation. If you object to this then please send an email to us here, with subject ‘remove from list.’
We are currently working on a variety of initiatives to help communities to find a pathway through this period. The latest, government ‘stay at home’ directives (see: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) are requiring us to be ever more responsive; to help individuals and organisations to navigate considerable change.
Our full team are focused on finding solutions that will help you and your community.
Right now, you can access a variety of advice and support through the following avenues:
- The Coronavirus Community Support Hub: East Riding – Launched on 19th March, this hub is a positive response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. It offers a platform where communities can connect, get involved, stay informed and take care of their health and wellbeing.
- East Riding Charity Support During COVID-19 Facebook group – if you are part of a charity / voluntary sector organisation this peer support space offers a chance to air challenges, explore solutions and receive peer support when it counts.
This week, we expect to see the launch of additional initiatives, to help East Riding communities:
- CallER Collective – a soon to be launched phone service designed to offer a friendly voice to those who are currently isolated and in need of support. Routing you through to a trained, volunteer lead for your locality, this befriending service is designed to help people feel less alone.
- Community Hubs – working in partnership with East Riding Council and voluntary and community leaders, HEY Smile Foundation are mobilising resources and relationships on the ground to ensure hives of good activity, to reach those in need.
We are living through extraordinary, fast-paced times that require us to think and act with both our heads and our hearts.
We sincerely thank you for your contact and shall be in touch with you shortly,