Could You Support A Local Older Person?
"The greatest gift you can give is your time," says colleague Tina Johnson. "It's a very rewarding thing."
Volunteers are needed urgently for home visiting. There are 25 people on the waiting list for visits who are at present only being contacted by phone. Daytime volunteers are particularly welcome!
Bringing your time and skills to other regular club events held at Blackfriars Settlements would also be much appreciated. The daytime clubs include:
- Forget-Me-Not Club where older people enjoy crosswords and mind games as well as discussions. With dementia problems being a high priority this scheme now desperately needs help.
- On Fridays there is a special club for visually impaired older people where further pairs of hands are needed.
- On Sundays volunteers serve a roast lunch before helping with afternoon activities.
- At present just one volunteer is having to meet the growing need for older people to be trained to use computers in order to access important information which increasingly is only available online.
- The most urgent need is for more volunteers for the befriending scheme. Potential volunteers for the befriending scheme who feel that they can offer at least six months commitment will receive training and be subject to DBS safeguarding checks.
Please download this document for a detailed breakdown of the range of social activities run which support local elderly people that you can get involved with.
To get involved with any of these groups do sak [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Blackfriars%20Settlement%20Volunteering) (get in touch)