Methodist Homes Association (MHA) has recently begun working on a brand new Community Support Project for the charity MHA Live at Home in North West Leeds with the aim of reducing social isolation among vulnerable older people in the area.
They will be working across the Horsforth, Farsley and Pudsey Live at Home schemes and receiving referrals from the SkILs Reablement team at Leeds adult social care.
They will refer on to the Community Support Project very vulnerable older people who have experienced a breakdown in their social networks following a prolonged hospital stay, illness or bereavement (for example).
The Community Support Project Volunteer Befrienders will work with them as one to one befrienders for short periods (they anticipate 4 – 10 weeks) in order to help them rebuild their confidence and help them leave their homes to access community services etc, eg accompany them on the bus to the library, a coffee morning or to go shopping.
The aim is that when they are happy to start going out independently again they will be encouraged encouraged to join one of the local Live at Home or other appropriate Neighbourhood Network schemes so that they can access friendship, activities and social events.
We are currently looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to act as Specialist Volunteer Befrienders and offer a commitment of about 1 – 2 hours each week for one visit and a couple of social phone calls in between.
As we are focussing on our local community, I would very much appreciate it if you would assist us with this by promoting our volunteering opportunities on your website and in your newsletters/communications?
MHA Live at Home are planning on holding a Volunteer Recruitment Event at St Margaret’s Church in Horsforth on Thursday 1st November, further details available soon.
For an informal chat to find out more, please email or call:
Sue Oliver, Live at Home Volunteer Co-ordinator
Tel: 0734 074 5140 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org