Volunteer carers are vital link

Volunteer carers are vital link

Care Home Volunteers is a charity organisation currently looking for new volunteers to join their local teams.

The vital role of volunteers in a care home environment is said to be hugely beneficial in improving quality of life for older people and can help illuminate isolation, according to volunteer co-ordinator, Kate Brooks who works closely with staff, residents and families.

“Since introducing 15 volunteers across 12 care homes in Salisbury, we have seen the difference volunteers make. Having a volunteer coming in and taking the time to sit and chat with residents on a one to one basis makes a real difference and can reduce problems such as isolation and depression, and most importantly become a friend to residents,” said Kate.

One of the latest volunteers to join the team, Jane Wheeler told Valley News why she decided to become a volunteer: “After spotting the previous article for Care Home Volunteers in Valley News, I immediately knew this was for me and it was the right time in my life to give something back to the community.

“After getting in touch with Kate, she talked me through each step and supported me through the training which has been thorough and very interesting, learning new skills and techniques. So far, I have loved my experience at Kimberley House and have met some lovely people and the staff have been so inspiring.

Jodie Scott, operations director at Kimberley House said: “We are very grateful for volunteers like Jane who give their time to care for others and offer companionship. Just having an outside face coming into the home, bringing new stories and experiences in, is brilliant with connecting with residents.”

“We can’t thank our volunteers enough for the life-changing service they offer. We appreciate their caring natures and they tell us how rewarding it is for them, as well. Anyone considering becoming a volunteer should get in touch.

“Volunteers do not need any experience or qualifications; they just need to be willing, caring and compassionate; and we will help support them through the process. It’s very flexible: just an hour a week can make the difference!”

For more details: 07931 022824 or visit: www.carehomevolunteers.org.uk

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