Case Study image Andrea Christine and Roy Christine and her 90-year-old father Roy, live near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan. They have been supported through the Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale shopping service during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Christine explains: ‘Like many other people, when we all asked to “lockdown” on 

23rd March, I had no idea just how much our daily lives would change

‘It soon became obvious that the weekly food shop was going to be much more difficult. I became increasingly anxious and feared going out to the shops as I had my 90-year-old father with me who is obviously in the very vulnerable age group.

‘It was a very real worry. 

‘A friend told me about the Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale shopping support service. He was thrilled with its weekly shopping delivery and so I thought that I would give it a try. Since then, a lovely lady called Andrea has been doing our shopping and delivering it to our home. We so look forward to our groceries delivery and Andrea always chooses everything with great care.

‘Although the shopping is important, Andrea is so much more than just a shopper. She is a link for us to the outside world. She is always happy and positive and shows a genuine concern for our welfare. She has really made the whole “lockdown” experience so much more bearable for my father and me.

Christine continues: ‘I am so glad I made that initial phone call. Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale provides a wonderful service for people Isolating, living alone or, as in our case, in a situation where there is a vulnerable person living with their carer. 

‘Without the support of Age Connects and its dedicated volunteers, life would have been so much more difficult these past six weeks and I would recommend the service to others in a similar position.

‘Thank you very much Andrea and thank you Age Connects for this excellent service, we are extremely grateful.’