Over 100 volunteers have signed up to be part of the Do Some Good (DSG) network via the platform or the DSG ‘call centre’, operated by deverellsmith’s furloughed staff.
Offers to Date
The industry’s response to support the NHS has been overwhelming, with nearly 100 property companies offering a mixture of space, supplies, volunteers, and logistical support. Below are examples of some of the amazing donations we have received to date:
PPE & Volunteers Still Needed
It is not just the NHS that is desperately seek our support. The social care sector has around 450,000 beds (three times the amount of the NHS) and the crisis has had a damaging effect on the sector.
The safety of the sector’s residents and staff is essential – they urgently require PPE to prevent the spread of the virus as well as volunteers and care workers to support the current care teams that are working tirelessly.
Avnish Goyal, Chair of Hallmark Care Homes and National Care Force, commented, “COVID-19 is having a huge impact on sickness rates within the sector and also on our resident group; older people, who have an average age of between 80 and 90 years old, and are obviously the most vulnerable generation hit by Coronavirus.”
Domestic abuse charities have also seen a spike in cases as victims are forced to stay inside and are unable to escape their abuser; families require residential properties to take refuge for a safer environment.
Thanks to an anonymous donor and a quick response from the DSG team led by Debra Yudolph, we were able to help 10 families that are victims of domestic abuse. Within 24 hours of the enquiry, the families were provided with safe housing.
During these unprecedented times, one area that is highly impacted is charity fundraising. Each DSG founding organisation has picked a charity to support during the pandemic and are actively raising funds. The charities include: KIDS, St Mungo’s, Accumulate, Coram and NHS Charities Together.
Accommodation near Nightingale Hospital
Finally, the Nightingale Hospital is under immense pressure to treat those infected by the virus. To prevent further spreading to the families of key workers and NHS staff, they have requested residential space within walking distance to the hospital. We urge those who can contribute to step forward and support the nation through this troubled time.