I fully recognise that our activities on behalf of our clients, and the Association more generally, are also incredibly important to the general well-being of many of us, as members. We take the opportunity to meet old and new friends, to enjoy the ambience that an Anglophone based gathering can generate, and it gets us out of the house to be sociable as well as ‘useful’.
All of these personal benefits are unavailable to us for the moment, and I, and my colleagues on our CSF Sud Conseil, understand that it will, perhaps in time, put additional strain and pressure on us all as individuals.
It is for these reasons that we in CSF Sud de France have decided to concentrate our support during the COVID-19 epidemic on two groups, our clients, and our members.
I am warmed, but not surprised, by the many ordinary members and mutual support groups that have volunteered, and I thank you all for caring about our fellow members. As time goes on, this need is likely to become greater, so it is comforting to know that we have a significant group of volunteers waiting to help.
Whilst we in CSF Sud de France have decided to concentrate our support on our clients and fellow members, many of you will be aware that other associations have decided to join with CSF National, in offering a support service to Anglophones in France isolated as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
At this very early stage, we have no idea of the number of non-cancer clients likely to contact the helpline, but, once again, it would be very helpful to know that we have a large pool of volunteer ALs available, should the need arise.
Finally, on a practical note, the French government has updated the attestation that we all need to complete if we want to leave our homes. I attach a copy of the form in PDF format that should allow most of you to print it easily at home.
Please stay safe and well, and if anyone has any other suggestions about how we can help each other through this emergency, I’d be pleased to hear from you.