Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the face-to-face support we offer as part of our Community Companions project is not possible but we are providing telephone support. This means all of our clients are still receiving regular weekly or even daily support throughout these uncertain times.
We are still taking new referrals using the referral form online, or by calling our Volunteer Coordinator on 07734 407210. If you know anyone who is lonely or socially isolated, aged 65+ and living in Baildon, please get in touch. We are also working in partnership with Baildon Community Link at this time and accepting any of their older clients who may need some telephone support.
New volunteers are also welcome. Please complete and e-mail your application across to [email protected] and we will be in touch. There will be some on-line training to complete and a video call with Donna, our Volunteer Coordinator. Your role will be to spend quality time talking to someone who feels lonely or socially isolated, making sure they feel supported throughout these difficult times.
Volunteering with over-65s who are lonely and/or socially isolated
Community Companions is a project to tackle isolation and depression in the over-65s, running in Central Bradford and Baildon (BD1, BD2, BD3, BD5, BD7, BD8, BD9, BD17).
Are you able to give the gift of time?
This would be spending one hour per week befriending an individual in their home or giving them a friendly phone call to help their loneliness and reduce their social isolation.
Being housebound and other factors such as poor mobility can lead to social isolation, loneliness and depression, which can reduce an individuals interest or pleasure in doing things, cause disturbed sleep and affect eating habits, in turn leading to a poor quality of life.
Our volunteers will receive training and then make regular visits or phone calls to an individual aged 65+ who is lonely. You will be offering one-to-one support, building their confidence and encouraging them to access local community activities, to build new friendships.
Mind in Bradford is running the project in partnership with the Bradford Districts CCG and Muslim Health Service.
Volunteers can apply by either clicking the Online Application button to the left or downloading the pdf below and sending it to [email protected]. All training will be provided by Mind in Bradford including a DBS check.