Do you need help at this difficult time for us all? Or know someone who does? If you do the Auchterarder Covid 19 Crisis Community Support team led by Auchterarder Parish Church (APC) is now fully up and running. The Crisis team has 50 volunteers (and growing) and is the referral point for Perth and Kinross Council for vulnerable people or those who would benefit with some support as well as providing support for those in self isolation and Category A workers.
From day one they responded at both a Practical and Pastoral level. At the start of the lockdown they delivered medication and have evolved to a more finely tuned structure which delivers medication, essential shopping and posts and collects mail. Let’s not forget the dog walking!
Rev Lynn, the Leader of the Covid 19 Crisis Support Team will attest to ‘things just come together’ like the day we had a request for assisting with a dog coincided with a vet student wanting to volunteer and the dog walking request suited them!
“Phone a friend” is a key service of the Pastoral side of the Crisis team. These dedicated volunteer’s telephone those known to be on their own self-isolating, vulnerable people and those who just want a friendly chat and these days who doesn’t like that!
They can provide ready meals to vulnerable people and Category A workers. you just need to advise what support you would benefit from. This can range from the provision of a ready meal, shopping, walking the dog – whatever you need they will find a way to assist you.
All the services can be accessed by phoning the hotline which after taking your details (Name, Address and phone number – that is all) will contact the right volunteer to deal with the support request. The volunteers are fully briefed in maintaining the government guidelines for everyone’s safety.
The Auchterarder Parish Church website (www.auchterarderparish.org) has lots of information in relation to shops you can phone to make an order that will be delivered direct to you. Not to mention ideas for things to do with children. The team even managed to get an Easter surprise together for 70 of the children in the town known to them.
If you are reading this and know of anyone that would benefit from support please let them know about the Auchterarder’s Covid 19 Crisis Team especially if they do not have access to the internet, please ensure they are aware of the following details in the format most useful to them – Thank you and do please all keep yourself safe and well.
Auchterarder Parish Church Covid 19 Support
Phone: 01764 660152 or 07407 793061