Published: 01 June 2020

Helping to support the elderly and vulnerable

Nikki Prior, Unitemps Manager, has been helping to support the elderly and vulnerable.

Nikki Prior

An army of volunteers have been working to help keep vulnerable and elderly residents safe during the coronavirus crisis across the country. We are proud to recognise the efforts of Nikki Prior today for the courageous community spirit she has shown in her local area.

Shortly after lockdown came into play a local Facebook group was established. Nikki spotted a post asking for volunteers in her area to assist the council with supporting vulnerable and elderly residents. The council had become inundated by calls from ‘at risk’ people who could not get out to the shops, pick up prescriptions or who were feeling isolated and lonely due to the lockdown. 

Nikki was inspired to sign up knowing that she was able and willing to do all of these things for the vulnerable and elderly in Fleet. Since becoming a registered ‘Covid-19 volunteer’ to help however she can, Nikki has been assisting her next door neighbours, both of which are in their 80s, to get fresh fruit and meat deliveries as well as any additional food shopping they need. 

Speaking more about her special role, Nikki said: “Next to my road is a retirement village and I have helped out a couple of residents there by picking up their prescriptions and shopping for them. It’s lovely to meet them (obviously at a safe distance!) and chat on the phone to them especially when they live alone and can’t see their family so are missing them a lot.

“It makes me feel like I am doing something to help our community in this strange situation. I also think it shows my two young boys the kinder side of human nature. They are trying to understand and process this as much we are, so by helping other people and showing them that we all need to pull together, hopefully this will be a good life lesson for them!”.

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