Can you spare a little time during the week to befriend someone who may be housebound and lonely? Could you step in to support someone who has just come out of hospital? I have been asked by Age UK and Carer Support Wiltshire to do a bit of advertising for them. Annie and Jane’s contact details are below, or call me, Ellen, on 07557 922020 for an informal chat.
Volunteers needed in this area for our Home from Hospital Service. This service is being offered to older people who have been discharged from hospital and are worried about how they will manage when they return home. Volunteers will provide short term support for 4-8 weeks, assisting the service user to regain the independence they had before the admission to hospital. An example of this would be doing someone’s shopping for the first two weeks, and then accompanying them on a shopping trip on the third week. Annie and Jane, the Discharge Support Caseworkers, will support volunteers every step of the way.
Would this type of role suit your skills and experience?
This role would suit somebody warm and friendly, who is a good listener and sensitive to older people’s needs, and who has their own car and is happy to drive within their locality.
How much time and commitment is involved?
Usually between 1-2 hours for each person visited, perhaps twice a week.
What training is provided?
Home from Hospital Volunteer Induction Training Programme – 4 hours
For further information please contact:
Annie Fiducia or Jane Harber on 01380 727767