Community Neighbours is a volunteer befriending project run by Carlisle City Council & covers Carlisle & District. Our Befriending Volunteers support elderly people in their own homes & local community and are linked to an elderly or disabled person.
In the current public health crisis we are adapting the project to offer neighbourly support, through non-contact , to elderly and disabled persons who do not have the support of family or friends and who are lonely and isolated.
By offering telephone befriending, collecting medication or other non contact but necessary tasks this will be a big difference in helping people improve their health & quality of life.
Loneliness & isolation can affect a person’s quality of life, both mental and physical. Elderly and disabled people who are self-regulating are particularly vulnerable. Community Neighbours aims to reduce this by introducing an elderly person to a volunteer. They will have been identified as being suitable for the project by health care professional i.e. GPS or social workers etc. All volunteers will be DBS checked and references sought.
We are also setting up a team of Community Contact volunteers who will assist us to work closely with our funders Electricity North West, who are responsible for the Priority Service Register. This is an early warning messaging system for vulnerable people in the event of a loss of electricity.
The Benefits of Volunteering
• Broaden your horizons.
• Develop greater skills and opportunities.
• Make new friends.
• Strengthen your CV.
• Develop your local community.
We URGENTLY need volunteers to help us at this difficult time. If you would like to volunteer or require further information please contact:
Paul Caine Community Neighbours Coordinator
Homelife Carlisle, Carlisle City Council
Civic Centre, CA3 8QG
Direct Line: 01228 817111
Email: Emma Moraitis on [email protected]