Project information

Befrienders for Waltham Forest Older Adults

We already provide a Befriending Service to Isolated older people. However we desperately need more funding to expand this service as we have a waiting list of 40 older people who have requested a home visitor. Some of the people on the waiting list will not see or speak to anyone for days at a time

Ongoing

Charity information: Age UK Waltham Forest

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  • Need

    Need

    Nearly 9,000 older people live alone in Waltham Forest (Census, 2011), we have a waiting list of forty older isolated people who would like weekly visits from a befriender. Some of the people on the waiting list will not see or speak to anyone for days at a time and with very lonely people twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's, we want to reach as many older people as possible.

    Solution

    We already provide a Befriending Service to Isolated older people. However we desperately need more funding to expand this service to meet demand. By providing home-visiting befrienders and facilitating supported trips for older people on a regular basis the service will rekindle interest in life, improve mental health, increase social skills; build confidence and assist vulnerable older people to form new friendships and develop networks of support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provider Befrienders to isolated older people in Waltham Forest

    Activities

    » Recruit and Train 5 additional Befrienders , equip them with the necessary training to carry out their volunteering safely and knowledgably

    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring and gathering feedback from both the older person and the volunteers that visit them.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The long term changes of the project will be more older people engaged in their wider community. The service will provide a link to the outside world and acts as a pathway to other services and access to valuable support. Our volunteers will be encouraged to provide support and motivation to their clients and where possible assist them to make wider links in the community.

    Risk

    The risks of the projects include the fact that people's life's change - which can make long term commitment difficult. We would mite gate this by recruiting additional volunteers over and above the number which we need.

    There is a risk that some clients are vulnerable and frail. We would equip the volunteers with Safeguarding training in order for them to be aware of potential problems.

    Reporting

    Donors to the project will receive email reports on the progress of the project detailing numbers of clients receiving visitors, the types of problems encountered and the interventions put in place.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,925

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      Amount Heading Description
      £825 Advertising Public Newspaper Advert in local paper
      £150 DBS Checks Enhanced DBS checks are required for all home visitors
      £500 Volunteer Expenses Travel & Parking
      £1,100 Administration includes client matching, follow ups, telephone calls etc
      £350 Training & Induction Induction and Training, including Safeguarding
  • Background

    Location

    London Borough of Waltham Forest

    Beneficiaries

    Older adults living in Waltham Forest. We envisage 90% will be over the age of 85

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Age UK Waltham Forest’s mission is to promote the wellbeing of older adults and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. We are an independent charity, which, though part of the Age UK Federation, is responsible for its own income generation and governance. With a team of five part-time staff and over one hundred local volunteers we help around 4,000 people last year.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Christine Bateson

    Christine has worked with Older People for more than thirty years, she is a Safeguarding Champion. Her knowledge and dedication are key to the project

    Emma Tozer

    Emma has a Diploma in Volunteer Management and has been working for 20 years in the Voluntary Sector at grassroots level, 8 of these with Age UK WF