Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) and The Cornforth Partnership are looking for volunteers to help with a project aimed at improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life for local people as well as reducing isolation and loneliness.
Buddies Befriending Service is funded through the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Action Partnership (GAMP) and offers flexible, short term support to residents of Newton Aycliffe and Middridge over 50 years of age from trained volunteer befrienders.
As a Volunteer Buddy you will develop a trusting relationship with the clients and where appropriate help them to attend and engage in activities and groups in the community and signpost to relevant specialist services where required. Practical support may also include assistance with shopping or to simply take the time to listen over a cup of tea.
This regular chat provides a vital link into the community to those who can be socially isolated because of restricted mobility or because their family and friends don’t live close by. Volunteers Buddies encourage people to get out and about – even if it’s just to the end of the garden – and to stay active.
If you know your community, are patient and reliable then this could be an ideal opportunity for you. A full training and support package will be provided by PCP, volunteers are required to be able to give a minimum of 2 hours a week.
If you are interested in this volunteering role or if you know someone who would benefit from having a Buddy, please contact the project team on 01325 329933 or email: [email protected]. Visit: www.pcp.uk.net or www.cornforthpartnership.co.uk