LifeSkills working in their communities during the pandemic

We thought we would share with you just three examples of LifeSkills staff working in and around their local communities during this difficult time.

Well done to Jamie from our Basildon centre. Jamie has been delivering food donations to help the elderly, the vulnerable, NHS Staff and also those people who are in isolation and unable to go out for food.

Jamie commented ‘The local community have been amazing and donated food and money. We have delivered 27 bags of shopping to staff at Basildon Hospital and over the past few weeks we have delivered food to over a hundred elderly and vulnerable people in the local community.


Dawn in Rotherham centre has not allowed the ‘lock-down’ to stop her helping, she has added a book and activities table outside her house for people to swap books. People donate what books they can (these are kept separate and cleaned down before putting out after 24 hours)

Dawn has also printed at home some colouring pages for children, including thank you to the NHS, rainbows, and other bits and bobs.

Dawn mentioned ‘It’s just to help to ease loneliness, and give parents some different activities for the children and people can see them on their daily exercise walks’.


Ian from the Leeds centre has been working with his father in law, Ray, to help vulnerable groups keep active. Ian explained that ‘patients recovering from heart operations needed to keep their recovery regime in place and the coronavirus outbreak had led to all hospital based exercise classes being cancelled’.

Ray a qualified cardiac rehabilitation instructor created an hour long programme which was videoed and added to 200 DVDs and sent out to those patients with limited internet access. Patients can also access a Facebook page for exercise tips and for keeping in touch with each other and specialist nurses who also join in with the exercises. A YouTube channel also runs with extra exercises and virtual classes, 150 people a week currently take part in the regular sessions.

Well done to all and keep up the good work!




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