Accuro adult friendship scheme doorstep visits

Communities / Fri 25th Dec 2020 at 09:55am

THIS year, Accuro (Care Services), a small charity providing services to people with a disability in West Essex, had to make big changes. Youth Clubs and Adult Social Groups were moved online during lockdown and virtual fundraising became the norm.

Following government guidelines, the charity’s Youth Groups were able to return to face to face services, however this was not the case for Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme, a group providing social and leisure opportunities to Adults aged 19 and up with a disability.

AFS coordinator, Kerry Matholie said, “The risk of social isolation for Adults with a disability is high, even more so this year when they are unable to get out and see their friends or attend social groups. Throughout lockdown and over the last 9 months, we have kept in touch however we can with our adult members both on the phone, on group video calls and by post.”

The charity sent out activity packs and ideas to it’s Adult Members, including virtual quizzes, a ‘bake off’ competition and ‘keeping busy checklists’ with ideas for activities to stay active and occupied during lockdown. The group was able to meet again briefly when restrictions were lifted, but has since been closed again for face to face groups until government advice changes.

To spread some Christmas cheer, Club Coordinator Kerry took to the road and visited every member of the club with a gift and a card and spent a few minutes chatting during a socially distanced doorstep visit with members in Harlow and Uttlesford in early December.

Kerry said, “It was a nice way to remind those we’ve not had much contact with that we’re still here and that they’re not alone. It was also lovely to thank those that have joined our online sessions and gotten involved in the activities.”

To learn more about Accuro’s Adult Friendship Scheme and hear what some of the members had to say during their Doorstep visits, you can tune into Accuro’s Podcast, ‘Accuro Out Loud’ at anchor.fm/Accuro or on spotify or apple podcasts.

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