Other local voluntary agencies - North Dorset and Purbeck
Age Concern – Gillingham & Shaftesbury
47 High Street
Tel: 01747 853966
Age Concern offer a befriending service where volunteers visit the isolated and elderly in their own homes. All befrienders have supplied references and have been CRB checked.
Age Concern North Dorset – Sturminster Newton and district
Tel: 01258 475582
If you are feeling worried, lonely or isolated, Age Concern volunteer befrienders will bring friendship and laughter. All befrienders have supplied references and have been CRB checked.
Friends of Blandford Hospital
Contact: Lisa Deverell Community Services Coordinator Tel/Fax: 01258 450095
Befriending support is offered to those registered with a local GP practice. A referral is required from the GP or other health or social care professional or agency.
WRVS Befriending Scheme – Blandford
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 Scheme Coordinator Sally Knight on 07736 825287.
Communicare – Swanage and District
Communicare is organised by the Christian churches in Swanage. Volunteers offer help to anyone who is in need of neighbourly kindness. Services include:
• Visiting the lonely and bereaved
• Sitting in to relieve the carer, reading to the housebound
• Form filling or writing letters
• Helping with practical tasks like shopping, collecting prescriptions
• Accompanying the frail either walking or in a wheelchair
• Car transport for hospital visits or for compassionate reasons
For further details or to make a referral contact Jenny Lazenbury on 01929 288092.