St Paul's Connect 'Buddy' Programme
You don't have to suffer the loneliness and isolation coming from Coronavirus social distancing. Join the St Paul's Connect Programme for New Beckenham.
We now have over 60 friendly Volunteers from across the community, all eager to play their part in tackling the impact of isolation as it becomes more prolonged and severe.
With more and more people are being asked to self-isolate or stay at home, St Paul’s has set up a ‘buddy’ system called ST PAUL’S CONNECT to ensure our community in New Beckenham can stay connected. To be clear, this is not just for those who go to church, but for the wider New Beckenham community, for those of all faiths and none.
Anyone joining ST PAUL’S CONNECT as a “Neighbour” will receive a daily telephone call from their “buddy,” to check they are ok, and to help break through the increasing sense of social disconnection.
We are asking for volunteers to sign up as “buddies,” to be in regular contact, as outlined above.
We will check that your support systems for shopping etc via friends and neighbours are working OK and will endeavour to make necessary arrangements if they are not.
We will ensure that any home visits are carried out by reputable people who have been DBS checked and/or been given appropriate references. The 2.0 metre isolation distance will be maintained.
We need volunteers for this with either DBS clearances or willingness to give references.
Rev Simon introduces St Paul's Connect
You can join St Paul's Connect as a Neighbour by calling St Paul’s Connect line on 07401 261399 or preferably using our dedicated email address Connect@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk
Guidance Info for Buddies can be found here