We have a group of friendly local volunteers with a wide set of skills and backgrounds to help you with all kinds of things that are not provided by statutory agencies. We are unable, however, to provide any personal care support for which you must approach statutory or private care organisations. Owing to the need to focus our limited resources on our primary aim – helping local residents improve their quality of life in their home – we cannot offer our services, particularly befriending, carer respite and transport, to those living in private residential or nursing homes.
Our support includes, but is not limited to:
Befriending… A voluntary, mutually beneficial and purposeful relationship in which an individual gives time to support another to enable them to make changes in their life.
DIY… Need help painting a room, putting up a shelf or assembling furniture? We may be able to help you with domestic D.I.Y. tasks around your home.
Light gardening… If you already have a gardener, but need someone to maintain your garden while your regular gardener is absent, we can help support you in the meantime.
Help with form filling and applications… Sometimes filling out a form can be unclear and confusing and having someone there to talk things through with can really help. We can also assist you with filing and cataloguing because, at times, a mass of paperwork or photos can be daunting to sort through and having someone there to tackle it with you alleviates some of that stress.
Transport… Need to get to a medical appointment? Need to go to the shops? Want to visit family or friends nearby? Want to come to our Activity Coffee Mornings or Lunch Clubs but have no means of getting there? We help many people with mobility issues and understand the problems associated with living in a rural area. We understand that it is not always viable or practical to get a bus or taxi. That’s why our transport volunteers are here to help you get to where you need to be. Call our transport line on 01364 700289 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a booking.
Prescription collection… We understand that getting to a pharmacy is not always possible for some people, and that a prescription delivery service is not available in this area. This is why we offer a prescription collection service, to maintain the health and independence of older people in the local area.
Carer respite… We offer respite to carers who may want someone to sit with their loved one while they go shopping, meet up with friends or simply spend some time on their own. We understand that caring for someone else can be difficult and you may feel guilty for wanting to spend time away from them, but you don’t have to. We are here to help and support you however we can.
Shopping… Our volunteers can go shopping with you so you can still get out and about, while having the support of someone there to help you carry shopping bags, navigate the supermarket and even provide you with the transport to and from your favourite shops.
We always want to help where we can, so if your needs fall outside of the above list contact us on 01364 700282 as we may still be able to support your needs, or signpost you to another agency that can help.
Registered Charity No. 1150875