Directing offers of help

Published: 9 April 2020

our local communities have been really keen to support us in any way that they can during these challenging times. We have been overwhelmed by the love, support, and gratitude and we cannot thank you enough! It’s helped enormously to keep our morale as high as possible!

We are now in a position where we can support all offers of help in a much more coordinated way. This means that, for example, we will now be centrally handling all the wonderful donations to ensure that they are delivered safely and that we can distribute them out to our staff, fairly.

We also now have a JustGiving page and, in the 48 hours that it’s been live, our local communities have already donated over £5,000 for our staff to say ‘thank you’! The comments are incredible and go a little way to show our colleagues all just how appreciated they are at this time, and always.

We have the information below so that you can easily see where we need to direct offers of help. We are aware that a lot of you are asking questions about:

  • Offering accommodation for staff
  • How people can donate PPE
  • How people can donate other items
  • How people can volunteer
  • How people can work for us
  • How people can donate to us via JustGiving
Accommodation for our staff

Calling all local hotels, B&Bs and Guest Houses.

Is your premises currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation? If so, could you support local NHS staff by offering them a safe and restful place to stay in between shifts?

If you would like to find out more, please email and register with CTM via north.hotels@travelctm.com

Donations

A huge thank you to everyone who has so far donated goods, services, time and money to us! We’ve been blown away by your incredible support at such a challenging time!

However, we now need to ensure that all donations are handled and distributed safely – and fairly!

We would ask that you please do not deliver any donations to our hospitals or our community sites without prior agreement from the Trust.

If you wish to donate something to our hardworking staff, please email details of what you would like to donate to tsdft.donations@nhs.net and a time, date and location will be agreed with you for the donations to be made – safely.

Please note: Due to food safety requirements, we are only able to accept food donations from professional catering and food establishments. The safety of our staff is our top priority and we hope you can understand this decision.

How to volunteer

If you would like to offer support as a new NHS volunteer (unpaid), please contact our volunteer services via tsdft.covidstaffing@nhs.net with ‘COVID-19 – new volunteer’ as the subject. We are particularly looking for people with NHS, social care or unpaid care (eg caring for disabled family member) experience.

Alternatively, if you would like to become a new volunteer in the community to help with social / befriending phone calls, collecting shopping for people or walking their dog, please contact:

Torbay – Community Coronavirus Helpline on www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline or 01803 446022 (8am – 8pm) / 01803 857727 (Mon to Fri, 9am – 4.30pm) The phone lines will be very busy.

Teignbridge – www.teigncvs.org.uk/coronavirus/find-or-offer-support/

PPE

We are asking local businesses and organisations in Devon if they have spare items including:

  • Disposable plastic aprons
  • Disposable examination gloves (all sizes) latex or nitrile if possible
  • Face masks (like surgical masks or FFP3 respiratory masks)
  • Eye protection / goggles
  • Face visors
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Liquid soap
  • Medical style disinfectant wipes
  • Paper hand towels

Businesses and organisations can get in touch on email: d-ccg.covid19PPE@nhs.net, phone: 01803 396399 / 01392 675384 / 01392 675341.

Temporary jobs – Working with us

As our needs change during the current crisis, temporary COVID-19 jobs will be advertised via the NHS Jobs website: www.jobs.nhs.uk

Alternatively, you can also email: tsdft.covidstaffing@nhs.net
NEW: Official JustGiving page – Now live!

Our incredible staff – who are based across Torbay and South Devon – are working around the clock, caring for patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We have had some fantastic support during this time and people have asked us how they can donate.

We have set up a JustGiving page where, if you would like, you can make donations (no matter how big or small) to support us and our vital work during these unprecedented times! Your donation will be gratefully received and will help towards supporting the great work that our staff are doing for all of us.

Donate now via: www.justgiving.com/campaign/TSDCOVID

Note: Anything we raise over and above what might be needed in the current crisis will be used to help us rebuild and improve our care after the crisis.


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