Accuro keep their community together on zoom

Charity / Tue 23rd Feb 2021 at 01:47pm

THE third national lockdown meant complete suspension of face to face services for local disability charity, Accuro (Care Services). The charity usually provide six social services for Children, Young People and Adults across West Essex, including Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping. 

While ‘in-person’ clubs and social gatherings aren’t able to go ahead, the charity have been running virtual sessions via Zoom for their members. These sessions provide a range of fun, interactive activities including Music Bingo, Cook Along Sessions, Arts and Crafts, Quizzes and more. The sessions align with Accuro’s mission, to empower people with a disability by encouraging the development of life skills, helping to build confidence, make and maintain friendships and above all, reduce loneliness and social isolation. 

One of Accuro’s members (anon) told the charity, “I don’t have many friends from school that text me so I like it that I still can talk to my friends from my club.”

Rhiannon Blake, Accuro’s Deputy Operations Manager has been involved in the provision of virtual sessions since the first lockdown in March 2020. She said, “We are really proud of how we’ve managed to support our members at this time. We’ve had some fantastic feedback from families that say we’ve helped them to not feel lonely and that our services are a ‘lifeline’”

In addition to online services for it’s members, Accuro has been teaming up with local businesses to provide virtual workshops and sessions for the public also. Live Cook Alongs with professional Chef Luke Fishpool have proved a big hit with supporters. On 23rd February, the charity are teaming up with Nikki from Holisticare, who will be providing a free Zoom session, answering questions about how to reduce aches and pains while working from home. For more information on virtual events, please visit www.accuro.org.uk/events

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