Coronavirus

 

KNA's Coronavirus Response

  

Information last updated 05/01/2021

 

GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT

National Lockdown: Stay at Home

Please see information below for existing and new clients AND current and potential volunteers.

 

Existing and new clients:- 

Registering with KNA

There is no charge for clients to register with KNA.  All requests for help are free of charge and carried out by KNA's reference and DBS checked volunteers.  To register please phone KNA on 020 8948 8054.

To check if you live within KNA's catchment area, please visit Can we help you?

 

KNA Transport to Medical Appointments

KNA Volunteer Drivers are available to take KNA's clients to medical appointments.  All drivers have been asked to read and acknowledge KNA's Infection Control Policy and are provided with PPE.  Travel guidance is based on Government advice found here.

Please phone as soon as you have an appointment.  The appointment will be added to KNA's Database and filled by KNA's Office Volunteers.

In line with government guidance, KNA's Volunteers will only be driving clients to medical appointments.

 

The Avenue Club

The Avenue Club is currently closed.

 

KNA Shopping and Prescription Pick Ups

KNA Volunteers are available to help with shopping and prescription pick up. All jobs will be carried out aiming to maintain a social distance.

-       existing clients phone your requirements to 020 8948 8054

-       new clients please phone 020 8948 8054 to register on our database.  There are no joining fees or charges for any services.

 

KNA Companionship

KNA’s existing companionship programme has switched from physical to telephone calls only as of 17/03/2020 until further notice.

If you would like a KNA Volunteer to phone you on a regular basis please contact KNA.

-       existing clients phone your requirements to 020 8948 8054

-       new clients please phone 020 8948 8054 to register on our database.  There are no joining fees or charges for any services.

For additional phone conversation do consider phoning Silver Line who operate the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. If you don't get through first time, please do try again.  

 

KNA Light Gardening

Gardening is not currently available during National Lockdown.

 

Current and potential KNA volunteers

Current Volunteers

KNA values our volunteers who currently drive our clients to medical appointments, shop, pick up prescriptions and provide telephone companionship.  Jobs are allocated to our volunteers by our team of Office Volunteers both by phone and using WhatsApp.  All our volunteers have references, DBS checks, as well as read and acknowledge our Safeguarding and Infection Control Policy Guidelines.

 

Potential new Volunteers

We are the neighbourhood care group in Kew and North Sheen. We currently have 200+ mostly older clients. Click here for further information about volunteering opportunities with KNA.

We are particularly keen to welcome new Driving Volunteers.  Volunteering for KNA as a driver is extremely flexible.  Just one drive a week will make a huge difference to help our clients travel to a medical appointments.  We are also interested in hearing from potential Office Volunteers - commitment two hours 10am - Midday once per fortnight, matching volunteers with clients requiring good communication and IT skills.

Please register your interest in volunteering for KNA by emailing Julia.Muirhead@kna.org.uk.

As we are giving people access to information about vulnerable people we pay for DBS checks and request references for our volunteers. 

We will require you to supply the contact details for two character referees from non family members who have known you for a minimum of two years.  Information to be supplied to include name, address, phone number, email and in what capacity they know you.

We will also need to carry out a DBS check. Please let us know if you already have a DBS check for working with vulnerable adults and are already registered with the DBS Update Service - provide us with your DBS Certificate Number, your date of birth and permission to check your certificate online. If you do not already have a DBS Certificate we will email you a simple form to start the process.  Most checks are currently only taking a few days to be processed after ID checks have been carried out.

We look forward to welcoming you to KNA's community of volunteers.

 

Please follow gov.uk/coronavirus guidance.

National Lockdown: Stay at Home