Rushmoor Voluntary Services
In March 2020 there was a call to action that rang throughout our neighbourhoods to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
In Rushmoor approximately 400 Covid 19 volunteers signed up to become Operation Rushmoor Community Action (ORCA) Responders and after a year of supporting shielded and self-isolating residents it’s time to give back and ensure we are looking after the health and wellbeing of our volunteers as well.
We hope to create a package of thanks and support, from trusted sources, which responds directly to what volunteers are asking us for:
Support for their own mental wellbeing - The demand on Responders has taken its toll: some of the challenges our volunteers face are being exposed to vulnerable people and those in need; volunteering in isolation and the worry of being exposed to the virus. We want to ensure the volunteers have the skills to care for themselves so they can continue to care for others.
Supporting the wider community through upskilling – The offer of training which helps volunteers to support others when in difficult times such as when in a state of anxiety.
Offering hopes for the future, continuing the sense of community and purpose - For some Responders being part of ORCA has temporarily taken over their lives, given them something positive to look forward to each day and a sense of being part of something important. Going back to what was normal is not a pleasant prospect for everyone, for others it will leave a sense of loss. Our support programme will provide opportunities to stay in touch with fellow Responders, acknowledge the important role they have played and identify other opportunities to stay plugged in to their community.
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This project has also been made possible through the support of Hampshire County Council Public Health Team.