Bristol Rovers Community Trust are delighted to be involved in a collaboration of local charities to form a new Support Hub to help older people and their families cope with the impact of the Coronavirus in Bristol.
The Support Hub will provide a range of different services for older people including practical, social and emotional support, such as shopping and weekly social phone calls, as well as virtual activities that older people can do from the safety of their own home.
Due to social distancing measures, there is a risk that some older people in Bristol will feel lonely and socially isolated during this period. We feel it is important to think about social opportunities to keep older people connected while they are at home, as well as dealing with practical issues. As a group of charities, we are offering virtual activities such as shared reading, reminiscence, quizzes, armchair athletics and even yoga – people can get involved either online or over the phone.”
Adam Tutton, Bristol Rovers Community Trust CEO said, "We are delighted to be working in partnership with several other Bristol charities as part of the Bristol Support Hub. Having been working with vulnerable people throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen first-hand the vital role we can play in ensuring that our most vulnerable are socially, physically and emotionally supported.
"In the first instance, the Community Trust will be offering free weekly online social and physical activities to all our existing Extra Time Club members. Following this pilot, we then hope to expand our offer to all our isolated and vulnerable fans."
The Support Hub is staffed 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. If you call outside of these hours please leave a message and someone will respond to you as soon as possible. You can call the helpline on 0117 929 7537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
’The Virtual Hub', funded by St Monica Trust, brings together many different organisations across greater Bristol to run virtual activities during the COVID-19 crisis. Lead by Alive and Active Ageing Bristol, the Hub is supporting physical activity classes online or on the phone, enabling older people to still have access to their normal activity despite the current challenges.