Other local voluntary agencies

Bournemouth & Poole

Age UK – Bournemouth

700 Wimborne Road
Tel: Sarah Carroll 01202 530530 – Community Services
Email: sarah.carroll@ageukbournemouth.org.uk

Age UK Bournemouth provides the following support and befriending services:

Community Connections - can enable older people to overcome the barriers of isolation and loneliness, share the company of others, pursue interests and activities in the local community and maintain their independence. The service is for people aged 60 or over living in the area BH1-BH11 who have become housebound or detached from community life. The support worker and client will work together over a 12 week period, achieving short and long term goals which will be mutually set. Those clients requiring longer term low level support lasting longer than 12 weeks will be transferred to our Befriending Service.
Befriending Service – works in conjunction with Community Connections.  All clients will initially be assessed by a Support Worker and those clients requiring longer term low level support will be referred to a Volunteer Befriender who will provide appropriate support.Neither of the services mentioned above provide domestic help or personal care. Both services are available to clients within the BH1 – BH11 postcode areas.

Support For You & Yours – is a range of tailor made packages of support operated by Age UK Bournemouth for people aged over 60 living in Poole.  The package will provide an intensive period of support to people facing some form of crisis who may be at risk of becoming separated from the wider community and social networks.  We can provide emotional and practical support (no personal care or domestic support), help with benefit enquiries, advocacy, accompanying them to social activities, dealing with support agencies, carers etc.  Packages can be provided for a minimum of 6 months with linger term support if required. There is a charge for this service. Charges vary dependant on the package of care provided.  For further details contact Age UK Bournemouth on 01202 530530.

Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

5 Victoria Park Road
Tel: Geraldine Bradley, Community Services: 01202 522184
Fax: 01202 519006

BSVI offers a Befriending Service for visually impaired people living in Bournemouth. BSVI volunteer befrienders can visit members in their own homes providing company and assistance with general everyday living. Befrienders can help in many ways such as: chatting and providing companionship, reading mail, magazines, newspapers or other
documents, writing letters, making phone calls, accompanying on a walk and occasional shopping trips.
A telephone befriending service is also available to people with significant sight loss who may feel isolated.

Faithworks Wessex

Heron Court Road,
Tel: 01202 429037
Email: hello@faithworkswessex.org.uk

Faithworks runs the following support services aimed at carers and older people in the Bournemouth and Poole areas:

FOCUS offers carers emotional support and friendship through a volunteer, who is matched to the carer in terms of interests, likes and dislikes, and time available for the relationship.  Some talk regularly on the phone, others meet up for coffee or a walk in the park. Free for any adult carers living in Bournemouth and Poole.

League of Jewish Women

16 Sandykeld
26 Manor Road
Tel: 01202 290798
Email: Thelma.cowan@amserve.com

Volunteers provide welfare care including visiting, ‘Hospitality Teas’, and outings for the housebound.


 MIND Befriending Service

Dorset Mind
11, Shelley Road
Tel: Jackie, service coordinator 01202 392910
Email: befriending@dorsetmind.org.uk

One to one support to people in Bournemouth and Poole in their own homes and in the community. Trained volunteers support people and may encourage them to access the
community, thereby reducing social isolation and increasing confidence. Owing to demand, this service is only available to people on an enhanced care plan by referral
through a health care professional or agency.

West Howe Wellbeing Befriending Service

Up to 10 befriending spaces in the West Howe area offered to people aged over 18 with mild to moderate Mental Health issues who are not currently supported by the Community Mental Health Team. Befriending is offered as a one hour session per week or a two hour session per fortnight to help people overcome social isolation, increase confidence and self-esteem, and access other West Howe Wellbeing Partnership Services and services in the wider community. Befriending clients are matched with Befriending Volunteers using a variety of matching criteria including age, gender, interests, as well as the experience and competence of the befriender. Clients need to be referred via a health or social care professional using the Befriending Referral Form available at www.dorsetmind.uk . Clients can also self-refer using the Client Registration form, Dorset Mind will review the form and make the referral via the Henry Brown Centre West Howe. For further information go online at www.dorsetming.org.uk or contact Mandy Nicholson at mandy.nicholson@dorsetmind.uk

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