We are all coming to terms with a new way of living as a society, while the priority is slowing the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19. Our lifestyles are temporarily changing, with public worship cancelled and many other community gatherings postponed.
Pope Francis has said: “In the present situation, in which we find ourselves living more or less isolated, we are invited to rediscover and deepen the value of the communion that unites all the members of the Church.”
In other words, we are called to look at the core of what it means to be a Christian, to mirror the selfless love that Christ showed, by reaching out in love to our neighbours.
Churches are trying to find ways to keep a community spirit alive, especially by reaching out to those who are self-isolating. More advice on how to do this and other ideas of how to respond to the situation can be found on our website.
The reason we are particularly writing to you today, is to invite you to join a new team of stand-by volunteers – the Caritas Covid-19 Response team.
We have heard from a number of charities, such as food-banks, homeless shelters and befriending groups, that they are short of volunteers and staff. Many elderly people volunteer as it is a great way to continue to contribute to their community during retirement. However, we are now needing younger people to step forward.
Perhaps your usual evening activities are suspended and you have a bit of time to spare? If you join our email list, you will receive regular updates of the current needs of charities. You can then contact the charity directly and offer to help.
If you are involved in a charity which requires volunteers, please contact Elke from the Caritas Volunteer Service, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07738183833.
Do get in touch if you are aware of any other needs resulting from the Coronavirus containment policies, such as food shortages, or financial difficulties. We are continuing to work with other organisations and looking into providing financial assistance too.
Please also let us know any good news stories, such as parishes responding in imaginative ways – it is always good to share ideas with others.
Please share this message to your friends and networks.
May God bless you and keep you healthy.
The Caritas Westminster Team