At this time of crisis, people either stick together or fall apart. And whilst the official advice is to practise social distancing (at least two metres away, to be exact), there’s no doubt this recommendation applies only to the physical side. This is an unprecedented time in history, and now, more than ever, it is important to stick together and care for each other.

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Our NHS Needs Us

GPs, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, 111 advisers and social care staff have been doing an exceptional job in the face of one of the biggest public challenges the country has ever experienced.

Most of us are already getting involved in the national effort to protect the most vulnerable and reduce pressures on our NHS by staying at home and practising physical distancing. However, our NHS needs us. They are looking for up to 250,000 volunteers who can safely help the most vulnerable people in our communities, including those with underlying health conditions, whose numbers have crept up to over 1.5 million people.

 

Our Response

At PreciousLittleOne, we care deeply about the health and safety of our community and we know just how much a single action from one person can be the difference between life and death for another. That’s why we are offering 100 business hours, fully-paid, to our employees to volunteer for the NHS.

Our wonderful staff will be able to choose how much time they want to dedicate to this cause, knowing we are fully supportive of their decisions and are fortunate enough to be able to back them up financially either way.

This is an immediate response to this crisis, but if successful, we might repeat this initiative on a regular basis.

 

How Will Our Staff Help

As members of the NHS Volunteer Responders, our staff will be involved in a multitude of simple but necessary tasks, such as:

Community Response: the volunteers may be called to help collect and deliver shopping, medication or other essential supplies for those who are self-isolating;
Patient Transport: the team may be asked to provide transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, whilst ensuring they are comfortably and safely settled back in their home;
NHS Transport: our staff may be required to transport equipment, supplies or medication between NHS services and sites, including pharmacies
Check-In & Chat: the volunteers may be requested to call or check-in with individuals who are at risk of loneliness, as a consequence of social isolation.

 

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe, and please do take this opportunity to care for yourself and others around you. And, if you are well and safe, why not join our Precious NHS Volunteer Army in our compassionate mission to help our NHS and protect the most vulnerable?

 

About the author: Kerry Durham

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