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
Charity information: Age UK Waltham Forest
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.
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.
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
What success will look like
We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring and gathering feedback from both the older person and the volunteers that visit them.
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.
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.
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 - Project Cost: £2,925Loading graph....
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
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Older adults living in Waltham Forest. We envisage 90% will be over the age of 85
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.
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 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