Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Volunteer delivering provisions to an older woman during COVID-19 pandemic
Julia and Hans Rausing are supporting Royal Voluntary Service’s emergency response to COVID-19. A generous grant of £200,000 has enabled us to mobilise volunteers to support their communities throughout the initial crisis phase and as we work with individuals and communities to recover and build resilience.

Funding enabled us to quickly remodel our core services, adapting the way we work to ensure that we could continue to reach those who most need our help. To the end of June, our volunteers were able to make over 100,000 safe and well checks and companionship calls, with each call often an hour in length, providing isolated people with much needed human contact as well as the reassurance that someone is there to help them if they need it. They also stepped in to meet people’s immediate welfare needs, delivering thousands of packages of food, prescriptions and other essentials to vulnerable people at home and to NHS teams.

"This has been a very difficult time for me and my husband who has dementia. Royal Voluntary Service are amazing in the work they are doing to support us. I get calls twice a week and it’s good to know that they are still out there. My husband misses groups and finds it difficult to understand why we can’t go out. He really looks forward to the Safe and Well calls and loves the activities that we receive each week. For me, I know there is a friendly voice at the end of the phone and I can confidentially share my feelings and worries. We are isolated in our home but connected thanks to Royal Voluntary Service."

Recipient of dementia Support 
This support will continue for as long as it is needed but as restrictions ease, thanks to the support of Julia & Hans Rausing, we are also developing new activities that will safely provide some face to face support, which we know has been desperately missed by vulnerable people.

"We are very thankful and humbled by the huge number of people offering their time as volunteers in response to the coronavirus crisis. We’re pleased to offer our support to Royal Voluntary Service volunteers to enable them to provide practical help, and alleviate the impact of isolation, on vulnerable people."

Julia and Hans Rausing
Hans Rausing is a Swedish philanthropist who grew up in Sweden and then England. With his wife, Julia, he co-founded The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, which aims to foster a healthy society that gives care to those in need, provides opportunity for all, and offers inspiring cultural engagement.

Visit juliahansrausingtrust.org to find out more about their philanthropic giving in the UK or find them on Twitter, twitter.com/JRHTrust

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