Phone call project that helps older people feel less alone

My son Alex, a second-year BSc Mental Health Nursing student at Canterbury Christchurch University, and his friends, have recently set up a free check-in & chat service for isolated and vulnerable customers of my other gardening business ‘Ladybirds Garden Service’ during the Covid-19 virus lockdown – but now they want to take this even further.

“I knew there was a way me and my course mates could help, Alex said. “We have some experience and we love caring for people, so I put two and two together. We set up a buddy scheme, we check in with people weekly and make sure they are OK. If there are any issues where someone is at risk or suffering, it is fed back and we support or signpost where necessary. The students have received feedback from customers who have said how valuable the initiative has been to members of the local community.

This work is absolutely brilliant and I’d like to send my best wishes to Alex and his mother and to the team of our students engaged in this initiative. ” Debra Towse, Dean of Medicine, Health and Social Care

www.canterbury.ac.uk/news/news.aspx?id=f2064b90-4b8b-4810-a93f-e4b9762486c2

The volunteering experience has provided the students with real-life experience. Speaking on the initiative, he said: “The feedback we’ve received is really making a difference to people’s lives. “We’ve been told they really value speaking to the “nurses of tomorrow” and I’m so happy my course mates and I are doing this together.”

Helping vulnerable people during Lockdown

#Bekind #GenerosityofSpirit #Supporteachother : Caring for the community – my youngest son Alex, who is a second-year BSc Mental Health Nursing student, and his friends from Canterbury Christ Church University, have recently set up a free check-in and chat service to help vulnerable people during Lockdown. Their new scheme is called 'Care Phones' and as an empowering volunteering project, it has really made a difference to people’s lives. #NHS #Positivity #Carers #Healing #Nature #Gardening #Help #Support #SpreadLove #Lockdown #StayHome #StaySafe #Isolation #Loneliness #HealthCare #MentalHealth #peopleinneed #LoveEachOther Speaking on the initiative, Alex said: “The feedback we’ve received is that people really appreciate speaking to us, the “nurses of tomorrow” and I’m so happy my course mates and I are doing this together. I knew there was a way we could help. Together we have some experience and we love caring for people, so I put two and two together and set up a buddy scheme, where we check in with people weekly and make sure they are OK. If there are any issues where someone is at risk, or suffering, it is fed back and we will then support, or signpost where necessary."________________________________________________________So if you, or any of your relatives require any support in these difficult times, or you know of someone who might need it, or you yourslelf want to get involved, then please contact Alex directly at: alexrichardson136@gmail.com, or call him at 07756606621_____________________________________________________"'This work is absolutely brilliant and I'd like to send my best wishes to Alex and his mother and to the team of our students engaged in this initiative.' "Debra Towse, Dean of Medicine, Health and Social Care_____________________________________________________www.canterbury.ac.uk/news/news.aspx?id=f2064b90-4b8b-4810-a93f-e4b9762486c2 CCCU Students Christ Church Students' Union #CarePhones #Volunteering #CommunityCare #SocialCare #Whitstable #Canterbury #CommunityInitiative #Generosityiscontagious #helpothers Canterbury Christ Church University Royal College of Nursing BBC South East @CCSUPresDev If you want to share this article you can find more at: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/2020/05/06/social-care-and-the-healing-benefits-of-gardening

Posted by Enchanted Gardens Kent on Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Alex had his article published on 2nd June 2020 in the Nursing Standard. You can read it here. https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/students/nursing-studies/easing-loneliness-lockdown-nursing-student-initiative-thats-just-a-call-away-161436#.XtZ6ycluUys.twitter

If you require support, or want to get involved, then please contact Alex at: alexrichardson136@gmail.com, or call him at 07756606621

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