We all know that Brexit is looming! However you voted and whatever you think of it now, we need people like YOU to buddy up with those who are less able to cope with the uncertainty and possible disruption that might result from the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
No-one is quite sure what will happen if or when we leave the EU but if there is short-term disruption to food supplies, for example, then it is inevitably going to be the more vulnerable members of society that will be most affected – the elderly, those who are house-bound etc. So we are calling upon people to voluntarily buddy up with people in their streets, villages and communities to support them through this uncertain time.
You might offer to help by getting essential supplies whilst they are doing their own shopping, collecting medicines or simply share a cuppa and talk through what is happening in the news and reassure people that they are not on their own.
The UK is currently set to leave the EU on Thursday 31st October and as things stand, there is no deal in place to cover the exit arrangements which has led some to speculate that a disorderly exit could lead to delays in importing goods including fresh foods and medicines. The truth is no-one can currently tell us what will happen so it makes sense to us to start to prepare for the worst case scenario whilst continuing to hope that a deal can be achieved and we wont need to call upon our contingency plans.
Cornwall’s motto is ‘One and All’ and we hope people will respond positively to this call and show the same community spirit we have seen in recent incidents of severe weather.
Anyone who is feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable, and is unsure of where to get help, can call Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 for assistance.