Adapting to the ever-changing environment we now have as a result of Coronavirus, brings a variety of challenges for all of us. Those who are still able to work, often find themselves juggling home schooling with a demanding workload. In contrast, there are many who find they have endless time on their hands and are feeling very isolated from the rest of the world. Working together to support each other makes these times more bearable.
What can we do to help others
There’s no doubt that the human cost of this pandemic is far greater than the financial cost, but in the spirit of working together to support our community, I want to do whatever I can to help. Given my skill set I am well placed to support people who are dealing with financial anxiety. If you know anyone you think would benefit from a chat, confidentially and impartially, about their financial situation, please forward this update to them and encourage them to get in touch with us.
Many people are worried about their businesses, large and small. Some are frightened by what has happened to their life savings over the last 6 weeks and may benefit from a second opinion, or even a first opinion if they are a ‘do-it-yourself’ investor. Whilst the government are offering lots of financial support, many are unclear what this means for them. We would like to be a sounding board for anyone we might be able to help, with the aim of easing their financial worries, free of charge.
Whilst I’ve spoken to many of you over the last few days, I thought it important to confirm the actions Life Matters have taken to date to ensure we are able to continue to offer our full service. We will continue to adapt where-ever needed and possible.
The wellbeing of you, our clients and your families, along with the Life Matters team is of the greatest importance to us. With that in mind, we closed the office 2 weeks ago and have been working remotely since then. Fortunately when I set-up the company I wanted to take advantage of the modern technology available to us, so from a practical perspective this wasn’t too much upheaval.
There is no change in the way you contact us, to re-cap:
We are here to help and support you however we can, so please feel free to reach out to us if there’s any way we can help.
With the safety of the team in mind, we are popping into the office on a weekly basis to open and review post as needed. If there was something urgent we need to collect, we would make an additional visit. Wherever possible, please can we ask you to send us documents electronically. The companies we work with in the main have agreed to accept scanned copies of signed documents to meet the need during this difficult time. The fact it’s tax year end adds to the time pressures in this challenging situation, but so far we have been able to deal with everything electronically.
By coincidence, we have just launched MyLifeMattersTM portal which we hope you will find a simpler and more secure way to share documents and information electronically. If working this way presents any challenges for you, please let us know. There may be workarounds we can suggest.
For the time being, any meetings we conduct will have to be done using video conferencing software. If this isn’t something you’ve used before, we can guide you through this and have created a ‘How To’ guide that we will share with you as needed. We love seeing people face to face, so as soon as it’s safe to do so, be assured we will.
I will be in touch with other thoughts and updates over the coming weeks, but please stay in touch and keep well.