Unpaid carers have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions. We will coordinate a volunteer telephone and face-to-face befriending service for unpaid carers & recently bereaved carers. This will enable emotional support and foster independence.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1061417)
The pandemic and lockdown restrictions has been difficult for many however unpaid carers have been disproportionately affected: Caring for a loved one with a disability or long term health condition requires close contact so involved risk and difficult decisions, both in terms of the health of the cared-for person as well as the carer themselves; Furthermore, many of the support networks that carers previously accessed such as community centres or friends have not been available to access.
We know that carers benefit from talking to peers with lived experience. Recruiting volunteer befrienders will provide both telephone and when safe, face-to-face listening support to unpaid carers and recently bereaved former-carers. This will take an empowering approach to foster independence for example building confidence to then attend support groups and forge their own networks of support. We will coordinate this service, including training, IT, DBS checks and volunteer expenses.
I do want to say how extremely grateful I am for the help that Northamptonshire Carers has given me... I've been through a very low patch mentally and this has really helped, to know someone will be calling and listening.
Northamptonshire Carers provide their volunteers with amazing support and I have been fortunate to receive some excellent training, which has really helped me personally as well. Thank you, Northamptonshire Carers, for this ongoing opportunity.
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