Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

11/02/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Friends,

We are so thankful to God for all that you do in visiting your befriendee on a regular basis. We know the impact and difference it makes to their lives, we rejoice in hearing the stories and feedback from our clients on a regular basis.

As a board of trustees we have spent time thinking and praying about our response to the current issue of the Coronavirus situation in our country. Today we specifically asked God to direct our thoughts and give us wisdom. After having researched and contacted NHS England, had a lengthy conversation with a current practising GP who gave invaluable advice and having had the advice confirmed from one of our trustees we believe God has led us to this decision.

Due to the age range of the people that we visit and the vulnerability of many of our clients in their current state of health we feel it is right to take the following course of action for the foreseeable future.

From today Please do not visit your befriendee in their homes
Make alternative arrangements to continue your befriending ie telephone befriending, skype, facetime, text
Reassure your befriendee that we will continue to befriend them and support them but we wish to protect them also.
Assure them of our prayers and any practical support that we may offer
If you can please pop around with flowers or put a card through the letterbox.
If you see your befriendee remember to stay 2 mtrs (6ft) away and keep the conversation brief.

Please be aware of the advice from NHS England of your own self care
Wash your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if handwashing facilities are not available – this is particularly important after taking public transport.


• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch It, Bin It, Kill It• If you feel unwell you should stay at home and should not visit anyone
• Please wash your hands:  before leaving home / on arrival /  before leaving / on arrival at home
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you would like to talk to me about any of the above please do not hesitate to call me on 07900215600 or email me on gail@befriended.org


For and on behalf of Befriended Trustees


Gail Millar
Executive Director – Befriended