09 September 2015
We have over 200 fantastic volunteers on our books now! Some of them are volunteer drivers who take our elderly residents to the shops, their hospital appointments and to see family and friends, others help with carer respite and our lunch clubs. Many are befrienders to the hundreds of isolated and lonely older people in our community. Without them, we (read more)
01 September 2015
On top of needing a hip replacement mom has type II diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Her feet are black with peripheral neuropathy and burn intensely. She is repeating herself, often retelling stories she has only finished telling minutes earlier.
Her GP told us that her three illnesses, in combination, can hasten the onset of dementia.
06 August 2015
There’s evidence that helping others creates positive reactions that aren’t just mental health related. Research now tells us that those who give of themselves by volunteering appear to enjoy better overall health and a longer lifespan!
Cotswold Friends has many volunteering opportunties in the Cotswolds and parts of West Oxfordshire.
04 August 2015
It is often difficult for carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities, but regular breaks are vital to allow carers to stay well themselves. Carers need to visit friends, go shopping, attend their own medical appointments, walk the dog, and some even use their respite breaks to go to bed and catch up on some much needed sleep!
03 August 2015
If there’s one certainty in life it’s that we all grow old. The uncertainty is whether or not we’ll grow old gracefully or require care for one or a few of the illnesses that inflict misery on what should be the golden years. If you’re healthy you’ll be one of the many who are now enjoying life after 70 and fulfilling their bucket list dreams, seeking out new challenges and making the most of retirement but, what if you’re not? What are the realities of requiring care as you grow older in the UK?