Other local voluntary agencies - Christchurch and East Dorset
Christchurch & East Dorset
Age Concern – Christchurch
Tel: 01202 496400
The Smile Programme is a service offering support, motivation, interaction, learning and enablement opportunities to people over 65 living alone who would like to get involved in social activities. A volunteer will visit the person at home and in due course accompany them to their chosen activities for a limited period of time. The service is for residents of Burton, Sopley, Mudeford, Highcliffe, Walkford, Somerford, Winkton, and those in the BH23 postcode area. Clients need to be willing to pay £14 per month (£8 if on Pension Credit) towards volunteer training and expenses.
WRVS Befriending Scheme
Volunteers offer home visiting to provide company, accompanied walks and trips out, accompanied participation in social activities and groups. Developed by WRVS, NHS Dorset, Dorset POPP and Volunteer Centre Dorset to provide low level support to people at home, helping them to remain independent, engage with their local community preventing social isolation. For further information contact the local Scheme Coordinators listed below.
Ashley Heath Befriending Scheme: Scheme Co-ordinator Lynne Caffell on 07843 357206
East Dorset Befriending Scheme: on 077368 25302 (Ferndown) 07435 974825 (Verwood), 07736 825378 (Wimborne).
West Moors Befriending Scheme: Scheme Coordinator Anita Enefer 07525 237093.