The whole world is focused on coronavirus, and it’s not just infecting our bodies, but our minds and consciousness as well! We at People to Places are taking a more practical approach, we thought you might want some clear answers to some important questions.
Firstly, how are we?
I’m pleased to report that we don’t have a member of staff or volunteer who has coronavirus at the moment. Though sadly, we’ve lost two long term members and good friends to coronavirus. This is terribly sad and a great loss to the People to Places family. The main issue is to protect our members, staff & volunteers and the wider community as much a possible. So we’re following Government guidelines for cleaning our vehicles and social distancing. And we have some staff who are furloughed, some in the office and a few working from home. (I’ve got some nice background music playing as I type!)
Secondly, what are People to Places doing for the local community?
Our main office is staffed every working day between 9.00am and 4.00pm, taking calls and liaising with local residents. Our Dial-a-Ride journeys are restricted to essential medical appointments and Shopmobility is by pre-booking only; so we are providing a very low level of our normal services. However, we are very busy with our new services to undertake people’s shopping and deliver prescriptions too! We have opened up this service to more than our members. This is available to all RBWM residents over 70 or who has a long term medical condition making them vulnerable.
Thirdly, will People to Places keep going?
For many, People to Places is a vital resource, enabling them to get out and maintain independence in the local community. Last year we celebrated our 30th year of operation, we’re intending to be around at least another 30 years, but these are strange times. We’re working closely with the Council; the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust have been very supportive, as have the Rotary Club of Cookham Bridge and we’re actively investigating the various Government schemes to support small businesses. We’re incredibly grateful for the many individual donations people have made, thank you to those that have donated!
Whilst we are prepared for the worst, we look foward to when lockdown is relinquished and we can re-join normality again. We’ll never forget those good friends we’ve lost to the coroavirus. And we continue to celebrate the fantastic staff and volunteers, working incredibly hard to keep people safe in their homes.