THE Irish Network Stevenage (INS) has reaffirmed its commitment to its most vulnerable members as they endure the second national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement made this month, INS Chair Luke Donovan told members: “I am as disappointed as everyone else that we have had to enter more temporary restrictions, we had started some of our groups again and were making plans for more activities to come back, so this is saddening.
“But we appreciate that we are in difficult times and we all have to play our part in bringing this to an end.”
He added: “I see it as a step towards a Christmas spent with family and friends. This is the aim, and this will be achieved if we all play our part.”
While commending the charity’s volunteers, who have “provided so much comfort over the past months” he confirmed that they will continue their outreach services “for as long as needed” to keep contact with their most isolated members.
“Loneliness is an enemy to all but one that we can overcome together, we will do this by reaching out and offering and accepting help and keeping in touch with each other,” he added.
Since lockdown began in March INS volunteers have made over 4,600 calls to the charity’s members and helped with a range of activities – from arranging shopping and paying bills to being a friendly voice on the other end of the line.
Those in need of assistance are advised to call the INS office on 01438 725400.