WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Do you have a spare hour or two to visit people who are lonely and isolated?
Would you like to support our charity and your community by being a Volunteer Befriender?
Volunteer Befrienders needed in Woolton, Gateacre and Hunts Cross Areas
Woolton Community Life provides a voluntary befriending service to the local community. The charity was set up by Dr George Kuruvilla of Woolton House Medical Centre as he became increasingly aware of a high level of elderly, lonely and socially isolated patients within the community, and how this is affecting their health and wellbeing. These findings are also supported by a wide breadth of associated health professionals who find low mood and 'feeling depressed' as a very common problem amongst the elderly patients who live alone.
The elderly in our community are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness due to loss of friends, family, mobility or income. Social isolation adversely impacts not only on the individual quality of life and wellbeing but also on physical health.
Our charity utilises targeted intervention of befriending for the socially isolated in our community, using the Asset Based Community Development Model. This model is supported by 4 General Practices within our local community who identify elderly patients who are lonely or socially isolated.
Potential beneficiaries are evaluated by Dr George Kuruvilla using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, which includes physical assessment e.g. blood pressure recordings and current medications. All patients are re-evaluated ‘post intervention’ to measure the changes made by the befriending service.
Our volunteer befrienders undertake regular weekly visits to beneficiaries in their homes. Befrienders provide a listening ear and friendship. They offer encouragement and support to beneficiaries to become involved in community activities. Having a befriender also enables the beneficiary to attend our planned social events, go out shopping, walks to the local park, trips to garden centres and escorted visits to church.
Our charity continues to develop with the generosity of all our volunteers, donators, supporters and partners, all have given their valuable time and commitment to Woolton Community Life. Our project is still in its infancy – but our early success mean that the demand for volunteer befrienders is growing.
We want to support more of our lonely and isolated people and need volunteer befrienders from our community.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?
Call: 0749 057 2344
Website address: www.wooltoncommunitylife.org.uk Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Charity Number 1159642