About the Project
This project connects lonely, isolated individuals with their community through regular companionship. Volunteer befrienders have the opportunity to contribute positively to their community, and enjoy friendship, improved confidence and well being themselves. Simultaneously, families and carers of vulnerable elderly people are reassured that their loved ones’ well being is informally monitored.
About the Charity
We are the largest volunteer brokerage service in Thanet. Some of our most vulnerable community members are assisted by volunteers; for example, isolated elderly people are provided with personalised help to enable them to remain living independently. Our transport scheme, led by 30 volunteer drivers, carries housebound individuals to essential appointments. We coordinate a referral service to a partnership of organisations delivering services for older people across Thanet. We also run a befriending scheme to provide companionship to desperately lonely individuals. In relation to volunteers themselves, intensive support is given to individuals with complex needs, to help them to maintain a placement - from liaising closely with placement providers to building their basic skills.