We believe that volunteering helps the volunteer just as much as the person they are helping. It keeps people active and agile, gets them out meeting new people and offers an opportunity to do something good for someone else or your local community.
Our volunteering scheme is a flexible and friendly support service for people who are isolated and/or housebound, and older people in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. The support provided can either be one-off, short term or long-term.
Volunteers can support people with a range of activities including:
The Telephone Befriending service matches our volunteers with people over 55 who live across Dorset and who are isolated, lonely or housebound. Our volunteers gives them a call twice a week for a friendly chat.
The Walking Group is aimed at supporting those in later life and people with mobility issues who want some gentle exercise and social contact with others in outdoor settings.
Befriending: Help & Care volunteers visit people over 55 who are isolated, lonely and/or housebound at home for a chat or pastime, or help them with other tasks, such as decluttering or taking unwanted items to charity.
Driver escorts* is aimed at older people or people with mobility difficulties who struggle to travel on their own. Our volunteers give them a lift to essential appointments or social activities, such as medical appointments or lunch clubs.
Shopping companions is a one-off service aimed at older or disabled people who need an extra hand with their shopping.
*There is a charge to cover volunteers’ travel expenses