Good Neighbours has recently been awarded a grant of £4,000 from the Kent Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund. 

We were delighted to receive this award as it ensures our vital telephone befriending service continues helping seniors during the social isolating and shielding phase.  

Together with our volunteers, 180+ clients continue to be supported with regular telephone calls. This not only helps to make their day but also give assistance in sorting out any problems they might be facing.  

Who doesn’t like to receive a nice welcoming letter in the post? We have been able to send out two newsletters with updates, lots of practical advice and telephone numbers clients would find useful. It also actively encourages clients to keep moving and not “veg out” on the sofa!  

Speaking with a client yesterday, who is living alone, she said our calls and contact “encouraged her so much” and the promise of being back in the Falls Prevention classes “helped her keep going”.  

Another client I spoke to recently commented that it was 100 days since her enforced incarceration but said that the words on the card we sent had given her hope – and then went on to quote them to me and said it was on her dressing table to remind her to be positive.  

A question asked by many of our clients is “When will our popular Falls Prevention classes be restarting?” Unfortunately, this is a question we are unable to answer at the moment but keep watching this space!!

In the meantime, a BIG thank-you once again to the Kent Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund!