Plans for restart of operations for Sidmouth Voluntary Services

SVS volunteer Ian Knobbs delivering lunches by car

SVS volunteer Ian Knobbs delivering lunches by car - Credit: SVS

The trustees of Sidmouth Voluntary Services (SVS), based at Twyford House, have applauded the efforts of its volunteers since the start of the pandemic.
A spokesperson for SVS, a charity which has been providing services, care and friendship for the elderly and disabled in the Sid Valley area for over 50 years, said: “We would like to thank the community of volunteers that have helped us through this pandemic. 
“These volunteers, many of whom were willing to work during the most unnerving part of the pandemic when many other volunteers were being told to shield at home, managed to deliver thousands of meals to elderly people living independently in Sidmouth. 
“They resumed our medical car service, following strict guidelines on hygiene and PPE, enabling people to get to their vaccinations and other medical appointments. 
“They volunteered in the kitchen as chefs and kitchen helpers, drove the SVS buses, made masks and visors and called clients who were living alone and appreciated a chat, not forgetting the volunteers that would have dearly loved to volunteer but were forced to shield throughout the pandemic.  
“We would like to publicly thank our volunteers: Peter Rose, Paul Clayden, Stuart Coles, Mukie Gosrani, Hazel Apps, Nick Garlick, Lesley Thompson, Yvonne Joyce, Peter Dove, Melanie Dove, Howard Maidman, Chris Le Maitre, Tim Swarbrick, Ruth White, Steve Monk, Penny Monk, Mal Sawdy, Chrissy Sawdy, Clive Parker, Ian Knobbs, Steve Goode, Jenny Waller, Glenys Thompson, Jim Walker, Alice Kraus, Lois Swarbrick, Julie Shepherd, Claire and Sarah, Ian Middleton and Lisa Ward.
“We are always looking for more volunteers and as our services reopen we will need more drivers for our buses and medical cars.”
SVS, are now looking ahead to the rest of the year and have shared carefully considered plans for a return to usual operations at Twyford House.  
The restart of its services, subject to any changes in Government advice, are as follows:
Beginning of July: Reopening of the Morning Café, 9am - 11.30am serving teas, coffees and snacks along with the Pop-In Community Larder – redistributing free food that would otherwise go to waste in conjunction with the SAVE food hub.
Beginning of August: Resuming shopping buses to Lidl and Waitrose
Beginning of September: Open up Twyford House for room bookings in the garden room, meeting room and lounge.
October 4: Return to weekday lunches in the dining room at Twyford House
December: Restart Friends of Twyford day trips on brand new buses
January 2022: Kitchen volunteers to return to Twyford House

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