Witton Lodge Community Association helping residents through lockdown

New co-ordinator appointed to help recruit and train volunteer befrienders.

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic Witton Lodge Community Association has remained operational and active, working to ensure essential support is delivered to those who need it most, especially the elderly and the vulnerable.

Working with partner organisations across Erdington, thousands of food parcels have been delivered to homes across Perry Common, Wyrley Birch and the wider constituency, medicines have been collected and distributed to individuals and families; volunteers have provided wellbeing support and carried out daily tasks like helping with shopping for those who are isolated and unable to help themselves due to ill health or disability, recruited befrienders have made hundreds of telephone calls to check on people’s wellbeing and provide assurance; benefits and housing advice has been provided to those experiencing difficulties.

They have also maintained effective online service delivery around health and wellbeing, employment and skills and housing, ensuring people’s needs are met. Additionally, IT equipment and training is available to help people stay connected and in touch with friends and loved ones.

With the third National Lockdown now underway, Witton Lodge Community Association remains committed, providing essential support where it is needed most.

Linda Hines MBE, Chair of the Association, said: “During the new lockdown we will remain open to deliver essential support services for the most vulnerable residents in our community.

“If you or someone you know needs help in this difficult time please reach out to us. We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for us and provide support.”

For more information call 0121 382 1930 or visit wittonlodge.org.uk

The association has also appointed Scott Baldwin as Volunteer Development Worker to co-ordinate the recruitment, training, management and advancement of volunteers and befrienders for us across Perry Common, Wyrley Birch and the wider North Birmingham community.

Since the start of the Covid19 pandemic befrienders have played a vital role in supporting those in need through regular phone calls, arranging the distribution of food parcels and delivering essential medical supplies.

To further extend this provision Scott is delivering a series of training sessions for anyone who is passionate about people and interested in making a positive contribution to their community.

“My role at Witton Lodge is to support the development of both our current and potential new volunteers, as well as those volunteering with other community and volunteer organisations within the area,” he said.

“This includes finding the right volunteering opportunities for people and ensuring they have access to high level training.

“During the pandemic, I have seen how people can easily become socially isolated and lonely, especially older people and those who are vulnerable. It was for this reason that I am particularly keen to host training sessions that are designed around the skills needed to become one of our volunteer befrienders. There really has never been a better time to volunteer and help support people in your local community.”

Scott, who has more than ten years experience working within the community/voluntary sector has previously trained and supported volunteers into a variety of roles including health promotion, mental health awareness and first aid.

The sessions, which will all be delivered remotely, take place as follows:

Wednesday 13th January: Professional Boundaries 1-4pm
Friday 15th January: Telephone Skills 1-4pm
Wednesday 20th January: GDPR 1-4pm
Friday 22nd January: Managing Difficult Situations 1-4pm

If you are interested in taking part in any of these sessions call Scott Baldwin on 0121 382 1930 or email: [email protected]