October 2020

Why Volunteer?

As the season changes here is another heart-warming tale from a GNN volunteer from the Brockcare group in the New Forest.

“As I mentioned a few weeks ago I have continued to do a little bit of shopping for Mrs. L.
I phone her each Wednesday and she gives me a list which I get and drop off on Thursday.
I then call, stand well back and we chat for a while in the front garden. Just thought you should know as that is why she probably hasn’t phoned you since.

“She is a lovely lady and I get at least as much out of it as she does. Most of all it is nice to be able to help in a small way and feel useful and help protect the older members of our community. Thanks for all you are doing and for setting this up and making it work.”

Virtual Resource Cafés

As the first round of the GNN Virtual Resource Cafés comes to an end , we wanted to thank you all for embracing this digital approach, the peer to peer support, such an important part of the good neighbour mix along with laughter and chats was abundant and we look forward to the next set of Resource Cafés taking place in the spring of 2021.

Meanwhile stay well!

Embracing the digital in the GNN Virtual Resource Café

Government Update

The Government update on Tuesday 22nd September did not directly affect volunteering activities. However, we wanted to remind groups that both drivers and passengers should wear a face covering in the car (unless exempt). Volunteer guidelines state that driver masks should be single use ones.
The guidance states:
“Car sharing
You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to do this, try to:

  • share the transport with the same people each time”

If at all possible, please try to have the same driver with a passenger each time.
We do realise this may not always be achievable.

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