The spread of COVID-19 and the measures required to tackle it are continuing to have a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of every individual. Groundwork’s primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of our staff and the people we support, in particular those who are vulnerable due to their health, age, financial circumstances or other factors.
Groundwork is following government guidance closely and encouraging all those we work with to do the same. However, we remain committed to supporting communities wherever and however we can. For example, we have adapted some of our services so that they can be offered online or by phone.
Inevitably many of our programmes and activities have had to be cancelled or postponed in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. We will use our website and social media channels to keep everyone up to date with what is happening with our programmes as this situation develops. We will also continue to use these sites to share useful information and advice and to signpost people to other support that may be available.
We are working with partners, funders and other organisations to explore how we can make the best use of the resources at our disposal to support vulnerable members of our community through this challenging time. This includes working alongside Local Authorities to support their efforts to deliver food and essential support to those who are isolated and vulnerable within our communities
In normal times, much of our work is directly or indirectly concerned with reducing social isolation and bringing people together. So we are very aware that being unable to have contact with others can have negative impacts on people’s wellbeing.
There is a wide range of help available for people who may be worried about their health and who may need support coping with isolation:
0800 678 1602
0300 222 5800
British Heart Foundation
0300 330 3311
0345 123 2399
0300 123 3393
0808 800 3333
The Silver Line