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In line with the Government’s latest coronavirus advice, Age UK Isle of Wight is moving to the next level of their escalation plan during a situation which they say is unprecedented.

Age UK Isle of Wight is integrated into our local health and social care system, and during this time, when our primary purpose is to support older people, one of the most vulnerable groups at the present time,

Age UK Isle of Wigth says they are working hard to ensure they can sustain as much vital support for local people as they can, whilst also adhering to the clinical and social guidance around minimising risks of exposure.

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Government guidance is to limit face to face contacts where not essential, not to stop services completely, and therefore the charity’s approach is to maintain as much support as they can over the telephone or digitally.

All social activities and non-essential home visits have been temporarily suspended, instead being replaced with wellbeing telephone calls or a digital offer.

Collaborating with other voluntary sector colleagues this will ensure Age UK Isle of Wight can maximise resources to support people who are self-isolating in 3 key areas:

  • Shopping
  • Prescription collection
  • Telephone or digital befriending and wellbeing checks

If you need this, or other support whilst self-isolating, contact 01983 525282 to register your details. You can also contact 525282 if you would like to offer voluntary support in your local area.

Jo Dare, CEO, Age UK Isle of Wight, says:

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“We so appreciate those coming forward, and have today published an online application form so that people can register their interest while allowing us to manage and review the applications to safeguard all involved. We are working closely with IW Council Trading Standards Scams Team (IWASP) and other organisations to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are protected at this difficult time.

“Our services that directly support people so they do not need statutory services, or help them get home from hospital, are being maintained with advice from statutory partners to ensure sensible and appropriate safeguards are in place.

“As a community, we are facing some challenging times but please rest assured that the purpose of your local charity, Age UK Isle of Wight, remains unchanged. We are committed to supporting our population now, and also look forward to returning to our full portfolio of services and activities as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, we are here to help so please call if you need us”.


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