Our ‘Promoting Independence’pilot is progressing well, but we still need more volunteers to help clients work towards their identified goals. The role is varied, and the below case study illustrates how a volunteer is currently supporting one client to help regain mobility and
Margaret and Chloe - Margaret was referred by her GP because she suffers from a condition which severely affects her mobility and she was finding it increasingly difficult to get out. Her poor mobility resulted in her falling down concrete steps outside her house. Her family live some distance away and were becoming concerned about her. She has always been a very independent lady who enjoyed walking, gardening, nature and wildlife and was becoming frustrated at her inability to do the things she wanted to do.
During a Guided Conversation, Margaret explained that her main difficulties are first getting moving and walking short distances. She finds getting around the house extremely difficult but is better if she can get outside and get moving properly. However, she felt unsafe to go out on her own. Her physiotherapist had given her exercises to do to improve the strength in her legs. She felt that if she was able to continue with her exercises and get out for walks on a regular basis, she might be able to improve her mobility.
Volunteer Chloe is now able to go for regular walks with Margaret. Chloe also gives her support and encouragement to do her physiotherapy exercises. It is still early days but Margaret reports that she gets on well with Chloe and is looking forward to being able to get out more. She is hopeful that with the extra support she will make good progress with her walking and may be able to get out
Small acts of kindness, make a big difference— to volunteer with this project, contact: Sally Thornton on 496382 or email email@example.com
Befriending is fun – Why not join in?
New Befriending Vacancies
Can you spare one hour a week to visit an older person? Many people find it a rewarding experience!
We have had a great response with new volunteers coming forward, particularly young people wanting to get involved.
We particularly need some mature volunteers who can visit weekdays, during the day when people are most likely to be alone.
If you have been thinking about volunteering, now is a good time to contact Sheena on 01603 496330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sheena looks forward to hearing from you.