Do you know of anyone who could benefit from a phone call or when the guidelines allow, a visit?
If you do, we run a successful befriending service within the parish.
We have a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers who (prior to Covid) visited parishioners on a regular basis. In more recent times visits have been adapted to either phone calls or doorstep visits but we hope that normal service will be resumed shortly.
A befriender can really help with loneliness and anyone can refer a resident to us who they think would benefit from this service. We will take some details about the person who requires a visit/phone call and then match them to one of our volunteers. The volunteer will phone to introduce themselves and will arrange a suitable day/time to visit. They could pop in for a cup of tea, game of scrabble or just a good old chat.
The frequency of visits is normally once a week or fortnight but this is arranged to suit both parties. All volunteers are DBS checked before visits commence.
This service has been running successfully for a number of years and often proves to be beneficial for both our volunteer and visitee. The relationship between us and the volunteer can alert us to other areas where we are able to support the parishioner.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Or perhaps you know of someone who would welcome a visit, then let us know. If you would like to know more, give us a ring.