New Volunteering Service Launched in Swindon

Swindon is the third town in the county to benefit from the launch of an exciting new service.

Care Home Volunteers was set up in 2013, as an independent charity, to recruit, train and support volunteers who then spend quality time with older, individual residents in care homes – and now this innovative service is coming to Swindon.

Care Home Volunteers is now looking for caring, friendly and compassionate volunteers to support individual residents, by providing social contact and friendship. They would love to hear from people who are interested in a new and fulfilling volunteering opportunity that enhances the well-being, health and enjoyment of life, for older people in care homes.

Even if volunteers only have a small amount of time to spare, it makes all the difference.

No previous experience is required. Full bespoke training and ongoing volunteer support is provided as an integral part of the service.

The service has a great deal of local support including local care homes, health and social care, the voluntary sector and local MPs.

Sarah, Care Home Volunteers volunteer in Salisbury, says that “volunteering is absolutely rewarding. I just spend one morning a week, but I come away always feeling fulfilled.”

Jeni Burchell, Swindon Volunteer Coordinator, says: “this is such an innovative and important service, that works closely with local care homes to enhance and complement the care that is already provided. We have seen from our projects in Salisbury and Chippenham the fantastic difference that our volunteers make, particularly where residents don’t have friends or family nearby. The service creates an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for both the volunteer and older person being visited.”

For further information, please contact Jeni Burchell, Swindon Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 07922 507848 or email her at swindon@carehomevolunteers.org.uk

There will be many drop-in sessions planned over the coming weeks – please visit www.carehomevolunteers.org.uk/infosessions for all the latest news.

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