More than 7,000 volunteers have signed up to support key workers and help reduce loneliness among elderly and vulnerable people this Christmas.
The #CaringChristmas initiative, led by care matching service Yoopies, will see the volunteers run errands for those less able or isolating, offer companionship to those unable to see their loved ones and provide free childcare for key workers.
New and existing care providers can also sign up to the scheme and offer their services for free to anyone who might need them.
Yoopies general manager Francesca Chong said: “Whilst the three household bubble rule is in place in the UK from 23rd to 27th December, for many families this may still leave people isolated for long periods of time, particularly outside of this four day period, and this may in fact be the time when people need the most help.
“Around 8 million people live alone in the UK and the festive period can be extremely isolating and lonely as it is, without the added difficulties of the coronavirus restrictions this year. With this in mind, Yoopies has launched the #CaringChristmas volunteer service on our care platform.”
She added: “Volunteers can be anyone who is willing to help. Even those who are vulnerable themselves could offer their services to provide virtual companionship for someone else who may be vulnerable or living alone.
“Checking in with them over a video or telephone call and being a friendly face or voice may make all the difference for someone who may otherwise spend the day with little to no contact with others.”
Anyone who needs a helping hand can sign up on the Yoopies website to match with a volunteer offering the necessary services.
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