Community Neighbours

A Volunteer Project

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Community Neighbours

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.

• Training.

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]

Poster for Community Neighbours

Electricity Priority Services Register

Electricity North West owns, operates and maintains the North West’s electricity network. Occasionally planned and unplanned power cuts do happen and for many customers, being without power can cause extra difficulties that might affect their daily needs. By signing up to our Priority Services Register we can provide extra support to ensure you’re safe and comfortable until the power is back on. 

This is a FREE service and some of the benefits include 

  • Receive proactive updates on power cuts in your area.
  • Nominate a friend or family member to be contacted in the event of a power cut in your area.
  • We can provide practical items such as warm blankets or a torch to help prepare for a power cut.
  • Text message weather alerts. 

We also offer free energy saving advice to help reduce bills, keep your home warmer and minimise the impact on the environment to our Priority Services Registered customers.

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