Unfortunately, our plans to open St Michael's were put on hold due to the lockdown that has just taken place. As London is now on Tier 2, we will postpone the opening of RISE SW11 until it is safe to do so. Our base therefore is still in Putney covering the whole of Wandsworth. We are extending our current service to be free meals during lockdown and will then revert back to charging for the lunches. We are still providing Supply Bags or Boxes weekly and if you would like to refer anyone to RISE SW15 please do telephone 020 8780 9330 or complete the referral form in the tab above.
Expressions of Kindness
During these difficult days, we have endeavoured to give an Expression of Kindness every two weeks and these have included fresh fruit, flowers, chocolates, a ploughmans, toiletries etc. Last weekend we organised a Valentine's Day Special and delivered 174 Gifts and 172 Roast Lamb Lunches to people across Wandsworth (see the events page)
Regenerate-RISE remembers everyone's birthdays at this time and surprises the person with a cake, flowers or chocolates and staff or volunteers take an IPhone or CD player to play their favourite song and sing Happy Birthday to them.
Bingo by Phone
If you would like to play Bingo by phone, please do give Paul a ring on 020 8780 9330 where one of our staff or volunteers will pair up with you to play the game. We will give you a card to play with and the game is free with small prizes. This will continue from our RISE SW15 base.
Supply Bags and Lunches
We have given out 6,247 Supply Bags now and 9,809 lunches. We try and give fresh eggs, cheese and bread with other items that will be sufficient for the week ahead.
Toilet rolls are included, toiletries, drinks and hopefully it is always a surprise for the recipient. We travel right across Wandsworth and deliver them all during the week. We are very grateful to the volunteers for their support and the older people absolutely love having their Supply Bag delivered by a young person and even though it is a short 5 min conversation, it means so much to each one of them. The bags contain a variety of goods including fresh bread, cheese, eggs, tea, coffee, tinned food and many other items - so a real mixture and always a nice surprise for all those receiving one. We have just produced our Christmas Newsletter and inside is the Christmas Menu. Unfortunately it is too large to put on the site at present.
Bingo is still an activity that our clients enjoy and we are now playing "Bingo by Phone" once a week with each participant linked to a staff member or volunteer on the other end of the phone, based in the Centre.
Our Savoy on the Streets was very popular during the Summer and we enjoyed using our Santa's Sleigh to deliver all our Christmas Gifts and meals. Unfortunately lockdown meant that we had to stop our outreach to sheltered housing with entertainment from Songs on Wheels, but we will be starting it again as soon as we can. Our Santa's Sleigh has become our Winter Wonderland bus and as it drives round Wandsworth, we are wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021.
We delivered 60 Dressing Gowns from our Santa's Sleigh as Christmas gifts to the patients on three wards of St George's - Heberden, Amyand and Dalby just before Christmas.