Admiral staff volunteer to help isolated people
25 members of staff from Admiral, have signed up to volunteer for Royal Voluntary Service, a national charity built on local volunteering, giving support to people to meet the needs of the day in the NHS and in our communities.
The volunteers will complete training in safeguarding, mental health and dementia awareness, before they are matched with an older person and begin weekly telephone calls to chat and check in with vulnerable people who are shielding themselves.
The charity has a longstanding partnership with Admiral, who generously fund the South Wales Community Connections programme through its Ministry of Giving. Launched in 2018, the programme enables a Community Engagement and Development Worker, who inspires and recruits volunteer leaders and helpers who live in Newport, Swansea and Cardiff to deliver social activities for the local communities. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, 150 older people regularly visit 9 groups which are managed and supported by 28 new Royal Voluntary Service volunteers. The groups’ activities range from arts & crafts, to Mens & Hens Sheds to board games & singing.
As we move into the next phase of the Coronavirus pandemic, from the immediate acute crisis, Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are needed more than ever before, as lockdown eases for some members of the population but others are asked to continue shielding themselves.
Ceri Assiratti, Head of People Services at Admiral said “Giving is a big part of Admiral and our staff undertake a great deal of fundraising and volunteering in the community. We’re proud to support such a worthy cause, not only through our Ministry of Giving donation but also with the generosity of our staff. We know that social connection is very important at this difficult time and it’s fantastic to see staff members volunteering to help those in need. Our volunteers are looking forward to their weekly chats and will let Royal Voluntary Service know if anyone needs further support.”
Rebecca Kennelly, Director of Volunteering, Royal Voluntary Service adds “In these difficult times it’s important that people keep chatting and connecting, we know that loneliness and isolation can lead to many increased health complications and a conversation with a volunteer for so many is proving such a vital lifeline.
We are immensely grateful to Admiral for giving generously to our national Coronavirus appeal and to their staff for stepping forward and volunteering and supporting the charity’s work in enabling the most vulnerable people in our society to stay safe and well at home whilst also remaining connected."