Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Westbank which works to empower and improve the health of communities and individuals across Devon.
Their work covers all aspects of the local community: supporting young carers, providing health and welfare, and fighting loneliness amongst the elderly.
Before the lockdown, Westbank ran two community centres and a café which provided a range of activities for young families and for older people, providing structure and purpose, and essential social interactions to reduce feelings of loneliness.
Since the start of the Coronavirus, Westbank has adapted its way of working, recruiting helpers from the local community who have together performed over 6,886 acts of kindness, including collected prescriptions, delivering hot meals, making friendly telephone calls to older people who are experiencing loneliness and walking dogs.
As the lockdown begins to ease Westbank will continue to support people in their local community, helping them to reengage back into community life.
Matthew, a 66-year-old amputee was being discharged from hospital after a lengthy stay. Sadly, Matthew’s mother (whom he lived with) had passed away while he was in hospital. Although he is now a wheelchair user and lives in a 7th floor flat without a lift, he wanted to return home.
The hospital social worker made a referral for a Westbank volunteer to get the property ready for Matthew’s discharge and to enable medical equipment suppliers to access the property. The volunteer performed a wide range of tasks to enable Matthew to come home including getting shopping, sourcing a washing machine and giving medical suppliers access to the flat to deliver a hospital bed. Matthew’s social worker commented that: “There is no way we could have managed this situation without the support from Westbank – Matthew’s discharge would have been delayed by weeks without it”
*Names have been changed to protect the individuals’ identities.