Warwickshire Vision Support Update

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

I am extremely proud to announce that the Volunteers of Warwickshire Vision Support have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the high quality service delivered to our service users.
This award, which is the charity equivalent to an MBE, was the result of a nomination, which was scrutinised by a team appointed by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, before being assessed in London.  Warwickshire Vision Support’s Volunteers are one of only two successful nominations in the county this year.
On behalf of the service users and staff of Warwickshire Vision Support I would like to congratulate each and every volunteer on this great honour.

Volunteers Week 1st – 7th June

We are celebrating our volunteers throughout this week and the nominations you made have been assessed and 11 awards given out.  Details of the award recipients will appear in the Summer Edition of our Vision Support Magazine.  

Covid-19 Response

Since the lock-down, the staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that every person known to us has practical and emotional support to get them through the crisis.  We have made more than 3,000 calls, linked hundreds of people to local shopping services, provided people with a social lifeline, and I believe, saved some lives.
Sadly, there is little indication that our clubs and support centres will be able to safely restart anytime soon.  We have now moved away from emergency intervention to planning and launching new services for what is now referred to as the ‘new normal.’  
Our clubs, support centres and visiting services provided such a wonderful opportunity to make friends and develop informal social networks.  We are now working hard to re-imagine these services.
We have just launched our virtual support centres.  We have developed a phone chat room where we host small groups who want to connect with friends, seek advice and break the monotony of isolation.  You simply dial in at your allocated time.  We ran a pilot scheme in Nuneaton and are now rolling it out across the county.    Everyone is welcome – call 01926 411331 for more details.
The new telephone befriending service now has over 280 beneficiaries supported by over 120 volunteers.  The service is flexible and user-friendly.  We simply ask that our volunteers contact each person on their list once a week to have a chat, share some merriment and make sure that all is well.  The feedback we have received has been wonderful.  Each call means so much.
If this service proves popular, then we will explore with our Club Leaders whether this model could be replicated further.  
Ruth Okey our IT Trainer is providing remote IT support to those that need it.  If you have an IT query, call us and Ruth will endeavour to help.

Social Media

Social Media has driven the community response to Covid-19.  For WVS it is important that people understand what we offer, how to access our services, how to volunteer and of course how to make a vital donation.
If you use social media then please ‘follow’ and ‘like’ us and invite your friends and family to do so also.  It really does make a difference

You can follow us here:

Facebook
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Fundraising

Understandably, many of our fundraising activities have been put on hold.  If you want to make a donation to support our response to the crisis then you can send a cheque to WVS, make a donation through our website – www.warwicskhire.vision or to our COVID 19 Appeal at https://localgiving.org/appeal/Warwickshire-Vision-Support-COVID-19-APPEAL/

Please remember, if you need help, we are only a phone call away.

Thank you and please take care
Phil Arkell
Chief Executive