| Jun 30, 2020
Supporting Tara's family during Covid-19 and beyond
Asher (centre) with his sisters
I hope you are safe and well.
During the Covid-19 pandemic some of the families we support have needed our Family Support Workers to source medical and food supplies and drop them to their doors. Our Family Support Workers have also been providing transport to dialysis sessions, taking breast milk from new mothers unable to see their premature babies in the neonatal units because they had coronavirus symptoms, helping arrange children’s funerals and providing bereavement support to the devastated parents and siblings. Your support has enabled us to be on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tara is mum to two-year-old Asher, who has life limiting conditions, and to two daughters, aged three and seven.
The pandemic has been especially tough for them. Not only because of lockdown and self-isolation but they also had to re-schedule vital hospital appointments and Asher hasn’t had necessary tests because they are shielding as a family to protect him.
Our Family Support Worker, Carly, has been a lifeline providing practical and emotional support to the family with video calls, playing games with the children online and also giving emotional support. This support has helped them feel less scared and less anxious. Carly's support has helped them face the fear of the unknown, the anguish of the new normal, the isolation and despair that this crisis has exacerbated.
Tara tells us that it has been very challenging: all the lifelines they had before the pandemic were taken away so to have Carly supporting them and giving their family that continuity has been crucial during this incredibly difficult time.
Since the coronavirus crisis started our Family Support Workers have been working on the front line, supporting vulnerable families, like Tara’s.
We would like to thank you for your wonderful support. We can't do this wonderful work without you.
Asher with Family Support Worker, Carly
Asher having fun in the sun