Fenland help is needed

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Care Network Cambridgeshire’s Help at Home service provides emotional and practical help, and is looking for volunteers to offer short term help to people who are recovering after a hospital stay, unwell at home, or who need a bit of practical assistance to help them remain independent at home.

Help at Home volunteers visit people in their homes and provide practical help with tasks like checking someone is alright, shopping and collecting prescriptions. Visits can be one off or several over three weeks, so volunteers are not over committed but will know they have been of help to someone in need. Visits can be undertaken in the spare time volunteers have available during the day, evenings or weekends, they just tell Help at Home when they are free.

Hilary Johnys, Direct Services Manager at Care Network said: “Care Network recently won the prestigious Glaxo Smith Klein/Kings Fund Impact Award and this was due to the dedication of our staff and volunteers. Our volunteers may be people who work full or part time, are retired or unemployed. Age is certainly no barrier, one of our oldest volunteers is 92, and really enjoys visiting people and providing the help they need. Care Network provides volunteers with training, support and pays any out of pocket expenses (usually mileage and telephone).

Gill has been a volunteer for over 16 years. She said: “Yes I have been doing it for a long time, and have so enjoyed it. Mainly one’s clients are older people, often rather apprehensive, especially if they have been in hospital for a few weeks. To be able to visit them, perhaps do shopping, collect prescriptions, but mostly just talk to them and impart confidence in their own ability, is very rewarding.”

The service is very busy and needs volunteers in Fenland please contact us if you can spare some time to help others in the community.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Help at Home please contact us on 01354 694413.