My Life is involved in a scheme called Community Circles, which is trying to end isolation and loneliness for people living in residential and nursing homes and extra care facilities – you can be involved too!
Going beyond the idea of simply befriending someone, Community Circles matches a volunteer to someone in a home they think they’ll get on with, so that they can chat about their likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies and anything else they have in common.
If you’ve got a partner, children, a dog or other pet you can even take them with you – it takes a whole community to care for each other!
As little as just an hour of your time each month could make all the difference.
Gail, who has volunteered with Community Circles for nearly twelve months says:
“There is no set pattern for volunteering so I can volunteer at a time that suits me best. I chose a care home near to my home and was paired up with Bob who has a shared interest of bingo. I enjoy the break from work, and it makes a huge difference to Bob who gets seldom visitors. It’s nice to have a chat and find out all about Bob’s life and family. It doesn’t feel like volunteering, it’s just like visiting a family member. Bob has also told me he really enjoys my visit and gives him something to look forward to. I would not hesitate to recommend Community Circles to anyone.”
If you’re interested in volunteering, join us at one of our three events:
Wednesday 18th September, 1.30pm until 3pm, for a complementary afternoon tea at St Peters Pavilion, Hurst St, Hindley, WN2 3DN.
To book your place or to find out more, call 01257 472 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.