Supporting our community

While in lockdown, many of the people we support have no access to the vital services they usually rely on. To help fill that gap, our team have been calling members weekly, and in some cases daily, to chat and make sure they are doing ok.

Each week, members of the Sunnybank team make deliveries to some of our community’s most vulnerable people. This week, Lesley delivered packages containing arts and craft materials and snacks across Epsom and the surrounding areas. 

Isolation is something that we’re all learning to adapt to during lockdown. It can be especially difficult to navigate new ways of communicating, shopping, socialising and accessing services, more so for someone with a learning disability.

Lesley delivering parcels

In a survey by Sense, over half of disabled people reported feeling lonely, rising to over three quarters (77%) for those aged 18-34 (Sense 2017). Loneliness is associated with physical and mental health problems and poorer quality of life (Gilmore & Cuskelly, 2014).
Our team have reacted quickly to the ‘new normal’ to ensure our members are supported at every step along the way.

Did you know that as well as calling our members regularly for a chat, we:

  • have launched a twice weekly radio show especially for our community in collaboration with Surrey Hills Radio
  • host a selection of Zoom groups every week, including ‘drama group’ and ‘games night’
  • send members themed activity emails each week 
  • have collaborated with local company Bee Kind Waste to produce weekly accessible craft videos
  • collate and share helpful Easy Read documents to those who need them

For more information, visit our Lockdown Resource Hub.