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WiSE have enhanced food parcels to include fresh goods, thanks to local funding

Wetherby charity’s fresh approach boosts pandemic food parcel support

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A Wetherby charity’s funding boost means it can enhance the range of food it delivers as part of a massive community effort to aid those who are self-isolating or shielding this winter. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is adding fresh produce like milk, bread, fruit and vegetables to the parcels its army of dedicated volunteers deliver to people of all ages in Wetherby, Harewood and surrounding villages. The move follows successful bids by the charity for grant funding from local and national government and local councillors. Mark Dobson, Chief Operating Officer at WiSE said: “For months now our…
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Christine at WiSE makes regular calls to isolated older people

Isolated Wetherby older person hails impact of charity’s weekly telephone chats

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An older person from Wetherby says weekly phone calls have given her the strength to keep going during the pandemic despite being isolated and housebound. The lady, who wishes to remain anonymous, began speaking to telephone befriender Christine Hardman from Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) when lockdown first hit last spring. She says the charity’s support has given her a vital lifeline during a time of incredible isolation, anxiety and stress. She said: “I started speaking to Christine soon after the first lockdown in March last year. I now speak to her every week and it’s something I’ve…
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Isolation busting Wetherby charity springs into action for third national lockdown

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Wetherby’s leading older persons charity is urging residents to remember they are not alone, as it springs into action to support those who are shielding, vulnerable or needing help. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is again stepping up its key services to support people in Wetherby and Harewood, regardless of their age, during the third pandemic lockdown. The charity, which will act as an operational hub alongside local authorities, will work with local volunteers to help deliver food and medicine, plus carry out other important tasks to help vulnerable people cut off from the outside world. WiSE’s Chief…
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Lord Mayor’s honour for Wetherby charity’s Covid community support switch 

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A Wetherby older persons charity has been hand-picked for a special mayoral award after switching its services to support residents hit by the pandemic. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) quickly stepped up to deliver food parcels, shopping and prescriptions to people of all ages, having had to suspend many of its much-loved older persons services when lockdown hit. Now local councillors have nominated the cause to be honoured for special recognition by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, as a way of thanking the charity’s army of volunteers for their kind-hearted work. Mark Dobson, Chief Operating Officer at WiSE,…
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Leeds charity’s figures highlight frontline role during city’s pandemic fight

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A Leeds charity says it has made its 4,000th wellbeing call, as it catalogues the thousands of interactions it’s made to keep older people safe during a pandemic plagued 12 months. The phone calls to isolated, older people are on top of more than 400 deliveries of food and medicine, 370 information and advice sessions and 800 telephone based befriending sessions Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) and its volunteers have completed since January. The charity says it’s also hosted 30 online line dancing sessions and produced 11 editions of an activity pack to help keep 110 older people…
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