Who are Community Companions?
Community Companions are trained volunteers who visit over-65s in their own homes to support their mental wellbeing and help them access local services.
They are part of a pilot project to improve the mental health of this age group as being housebound and other factors such as poor mobility, hearing and vision problems can lead to loneliness, social isolation and depression. We know that these can reduce quality of life, for example loss of interest or pleasure in doing things; feelings of guilt or low self-worth; disturbed sleep or appetite; low energy and poor concentration.
Mind in Bradford is running the project in Baildon in partnership with the Bradford Districts CCG and the Muslim Health Service.
Who can access the service?
If you are 65 or over, lonely or isolated and live in the Baildon area, you could be visited regularly by one of our volunteers. You will spend quality time together, and the volunteer will offer one-to-one support and help you access local services.
For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 07734 407210.
How can I ask for a Community Companion?
You can refer yourself by completing the referral form or ask someone else to do it for you. Referrals can also be made by Baildon Medical Practice, Cliffe Avenue Surgery, nurses, friends or family.