Help us to improve the lives of over 2,400 older and vulnerable people in our community.
Cotswold Friends has been providing critical services in the Cotswolds for over 45 years, thanks to the generous donations and volunteering efforts of people like you. Our vision is that no older or vulnerable person in the Cotswolds should be lonely or isolated. We support independent living and improve the physical and mental health, wellbeing and social connectivity of more than 2,400 people.
Your donation means we can continue to provide these integrated services to our Cotswolds community:
Our vital Community Transport service enables over 1,800 older and vulnerable people to benefit from more than 13,000 passenger journeys for medical, social and practical reasons each year, thanks to our amazing volunteer drivers. This service includes a wheelchair accessible vehicle and community minibus when needed.
Thanks to our lively Community Activities Programme, more than 400 older and vulnerable people participate in over 20 cheerful community activities in their local area each month including Friendship Cafés, Lunch Clubs, Sheds, Knit & Natter, Community Singing, Walking Football and Community Day Clubs, improving their mental and physical wellbeing.
Our Befriending service provides more than 70 lonely and isolated people with a weekly befriending telephone call or a home visit for a chat over a cup of tea, to alleviate loneliness and isolation, support independent living and improve their mental health. Through our Intergenerational work, sixth form student volunteers also visit lonely residents at local care homes.
Our indispensable Carer Support service helps up to 50 full-time carers and their carer-for loved ones, enabling a vital weekly respite break for carers, as well as friendship and support from our brilliant volunteers. It provides carers with time for medical appointments, hobbies, shopping, exercise, visiting family and friends or some much needed sleep, improving their mental and physical health.
Our crucial Independence Support service helps older and vulnerable people who have lost confidence to regain their independence and get out and about again. It delivers an assessment and bespoke support plan for people affected by loss of family and friends and struggling with mental health issues associated with loneliness and isolation, like anxiety, stress and depression.
Hospital Support Service
Our important Hospital Support Service provides support for older and vulnerable people who need a friendly helping hand at a stressful and anxious time going into hospital. Our fantastic volunteers help people get ready for a hospital stay - packing a bag, popping in regularly to visit and preparing the person’s home for their return with shopping, laundry and more.