Covid-19 – a message from SameYou

 

SameYou is committed to the well-being of our staff and team members, and the stakeholders who so generously give us their time. For this reason this week our team started working remotely, but as always, we are thinking of you and how we can help.

Our focus this week, in addition to business as usual, is developing two initiatives to provide new support to people who may have to leave acute care earlier than normal in order to free up beds for people who are severely affected by COVID-19. We will update you as soon as we can.

Our work to raise awareness and increase levels of brain injury rehabilitation continues as always. As we approach our first anniversary since we launched our charity in March 2019, we wanted to say thank you because your donations over the past year have been vital and we want to let you know that our mission to improve the provision of brain injury recovery care will not stop during this pandemic.

Our spirits were uplifted by the videos of quarantined residents in Italy singing from their windows and balconies to break the oppressive atmosphere of the lockdown, and in some small way we want to offer the same feeling of hope to our supporters. If you have been affected by brain injury, you may be feeling vulnerable, and we want to help you cope with the extra stress. To that end we are launching SameYou Pockets of Calm on our social channels with advice and tips.

Following recommendations from the Government and international health organisations, you might not be able to continue with your planned fundraising events. Ultimately we want our brilliant community to stay safe. Many of you have already been in touch asking about other ways to help. You can get involved through virtual events and streaming – drop us a line at angelamatheickal@sameyou.org and we’ll help get you set up and (virtually) running!

Finally, we know brain injury and stroke survivors will be worried about how coronavirus will affect them. To help keep you healthy and informed, we want to share with you these reputable resources for news and guidance:

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Stroke Association: https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/coronavirus-information-people-affected-stroke

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston: https://spauldingrehab.org/coronavirus

The SameYou team want you to know that we are right there with you, alongside you, and we’ll dig deep and carry on the same as you.

Jenny & the Team at SameYou