Plea for Fenland volunteers to help hospital charity

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Volunteers are needed to help support patients after they are discharged from hospital.

Care Network Cambridgeshire is looking to find an additional 10 volunteers in Fenland to support its Help at Home and Community Navigator services.

The charity has received extra Government funding to promote the service, which helps Addenbrooke’s and Hinchingbrooke Hospital patients.

Volunteers are needed to do tasks such as shopping and befriending within the Help at Home scheme.

Community Navigators help pensioners find useful services and activities.

Direct services manager Hilary Johnys said: “The Government money is being used to enable staff to visit wards regularly, talk to patients who are being discharged, offer help and put the practical support in place for when they get home.

“This is resulting in a need for more volunteers across Cambridgeshire.

“Our volunteers help with tasks such as, shopping, posting letters and calling in to check someone is OK. Another important part of our work is done by our Community Navigators who signpost people to other services which may help them. Volunteers are needed here, too.

“We ensure our volunteers are trained, supported and paid any out-of-pocket expenses. A few hours a month can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

If you are interested in the scheme contact volunteering@care-network.org.uk or call 01954 211919.