Spring Online Alumni Lecture Series: COVID - Stories from the Frontline
COVID-19 has caused havoc and upheaval in ways no-one could have foreseen. In our spring online Alumni Lecture Series, we welcome University of Reading graduates from diverse backgrounds and industries to share their experiences and expertise on how the global pandemic has changed their sectors.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the charity sector's ability to operate, however, at the same time, charities have experienced an increase in demand due to the impact of Coronavirus on the vulnerable. Many of these organisations are now working on the frontline in the fight against the virus, by supporting the homeless, arranging food provision for people unable to put food on the table, and supporting bereaved families suffering loss.
In this panel discussion, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Van de Noort, was joined by alumni from the charity sector to discuss the impact of the global pandemic on supporting the vulnerable. We heard how they have tackled the crisis to remain operational in the short-term and what they considered the road to recovery might look like to enable this support to continue in the long-term.
We were delighted to be joined by:
- Alison Peyton (BSc Psychology, 1989), Food Bank Manager, ReadiFood
- Kirsti Wilson (BA English, 1994), Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Launchpad
- Peter Norman (BSc Psychology, 1967), Volunteer, Cruse Bereavement Care