Locally based disability charity Ruils is known for its work in supporting children and adults with disabilities and the elderly to live independently, be part of their community and live life to the full. It provides information, advice, befriending and activities to its clients and their families on a daily basis.
However, the Covid-19 crisis has created a whole new set of challenges for the many disabled people who are shielding during this time. Ruils very quickly adapted its services, recruiting over 100 volunteers from across Richmond borough and beyond, and matching them to those families and individuals who needed help.
New shopping and telephone befriending service
Cathy Maker, CEO of Ruils explains “This pandemic has had a significant impact on our clients, many of whom fall into the ‘high risk’ category and have been unable to leave the house to access food or medicine. In response we launched a shopping service, and have already supported over 150 families and individuals. We also launched a telephone befriending service which we hope has provided some comfort to those isolating alone. We are so grateful to our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to deliver shopping, prescriptions and other supplies across the borough.”
Ruils volunteers have also been responding to the demand for much needed PPE for key workers. Ruils was able to distribute PPE to staff in all care homes, residential homes and GPs in the borough, thanks to the Richmond GP Alliance who worked extremely hard to secure the supplies.
How to support Ruils’ work
In order to continue this important work, Ruils relies on fundraising as many of its services are not government funded. What’s more, like many other charities, Covid-19 has led to the cancellation of many fundraising events, meaning the loss of vital funds. If you would like to support Ruils there are a number of ways in which you can do so:
- Why not sign up to play in the Ruils weekly virtual quiz night? It costs just £3 to sign up, and there are even cash prizes to be won. You could even encourage friends to play as well for a bit more, friendly competition! www.ruils.co.uk/support-us
- If you would like to make a one-off, or a regular donation to support Ruils, please visit www.ruils.co.uk/donate
To learn more about Ruils and its work in the community, visit www.ruils.co.uk