Care Home Friends providing support in Bookham
There are over 400,000 people living in care homes across the UK. Research suggests that care home residents are twice as likely to feel severely lonely, as older people living in the community. One care home resident put it this way, “you can feel lonely in a crowd.”
A group of Christians in Great Bookham have come together to help tackle this problem of loneliness. They’ve set up a local ‘Care Home Friends’ project, helping tackle loneliness through trained volunteers spending time and building friendship with residents.
Sharon, who leads the project, said “Running a Care Home Friends project gives us a way to reach the elderly in our local community and make a impact on loneliness in the lives of individual care home residents.”
Care Home Friends volunteers visit residents and build a friendship, by chatting, reading aloud, doing a crossword, playing a game like Scrabble or accompanying them on a walk, depending on the residents likes and interests.
One care home resident said of her volunteer, who visits and takes her on walks and spends time talking with her, “he absolutely saved my life”.
Visiting a resident for just one hour each week can have a huge impact, bringing colour into what can otherwise be a monochrome existence. If you would like to find out more about Care Home Friends, contact Tina English, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.carehomefriends.org.uk.
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