Concern Wadebridge is a community hub for residents over the age of 50, providing a range of activities and services that really make a difference. They usually operate five days a week, to provide a ‘Youth Club for Older People’, which includes a Community Café offering hot meals, and they also provide a wide range of community transport, including accessible minibuses, shopmobility, voluntary cars and so much more.
With the help of a grant from NET Coronavirus Appeal, through Cornwall Community Foundation, they have been able to extend and adapt their operation to support residents seven days a week. It has enabled 71 people to access over 5,500 Meals on Wheels, 64 people to access the team’s food delivery service and 58 people to access the prescription delivery service. Through the pandemic the funding has also supported vital transport to health services, amounting to 102 journeys for people attending health appointments. Now the service is offering much-needed transport to COVID Vaccination Centres.
The team at Concern Wadebridge has introduced brand new services too, including a library home delivery service, CD/DVD service, and a phone bank to support its existing ‘Chat that Matters’ service. The phone bank runs daily, offering those feeling lonely and isolated the chance to have a chat over a cup of tea. By moving their befriending service to a virtual platform, the team have ensured that those living with dementia, and their carers, continue to receive support whilst being isolated. Crucially they have been a central referral point for families living away who might have concerns about family members living in the local area.
The centre has also collaborated with local restaurants and producers to provide meals to frontline NHS and local pharmacy staff in Wadebridge, delivering 110 meals per week. Centre Manager, Andy Lyle said ‘The support we received from NET means together we have managed to continue to make a difference to others and develop new services to support our local community, bringing hope for a brighter tomorrow.’.