About the Project
Befriending benefits vulnerable older people aged 60+ living in the community who may not have the confidence to leave the house and join groups. They may have been recently bereaved, or may be housebound due to health reasons. Trained volunteers provide one-to-one support at home via a weekly visit. It helps reduce the pressure on health services and on people's families who may not live nearby. It will involve our staff, in particular our Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Worker who will help to identify these people. Local GP's and community health workers can get in touch about people who would benefit. Our staff will train new volunteers in basic skills including Emergency First Aid, Dementia Awareness, and support them to respond to the needs of the older person.
About the Charity
Bramley Elderly Action is a 22 year-old charity supporting older people to stay independent, healthy & happy in later life. We work in Bramley, Swinnow & parts of Stanningley, West Leeds. Our services run 7 days a week and include social activities, lunch clubs, exercise classes, peer-group support, a befriending scheme to visit people who are house-bound, and activities for people with dementia. We help people to access information about assisted-living, health and finances. Our accessible subsidised transport enables people to go door-to-door to 23 regular activities, and extra-care trips, helping people to stay connected and active. We support 980 older people in the area, with 12 staff and 140 volunteers (many over 60) all of whom want to make life better for older people in the area.