Service Update: Volunteers are now Telephone Befriending the people they support, in place of their usual face to face visits. This will ensure clients have continued contact with their volunteers, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation and allowing support needs to be monitored and reviewed. Any shopping needs or medication deliveries are being arranged. Being a full-time carer can be very rewarding, but also exhausting!
If you are a full-time carer and would like someone to visit and befriend the person you care for, so you can take some regular time off, please get in touch with us. There are over 8,000 carers in the Cotswold community who look after a partner, family member or friend. 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.
During their weekly break carers visit friends, go shopping, attend their own medical appointments or walk the dog. Some even go to bed and catch up on some much needed sleep!
Our Befriending & Carer Support Manager will first visit carers and the person they care for in their own home to fully understand their circumstances and the type of volunteer they need. We match carers with volunteers, taking into account where people live and what their interests and experiences are. We will continue to monitor and support the respite breaks, making sure that they work well. There is no charge for this service unless personal care is required with a paid care worker, which we can help organise.
We also invite everyone who receives the Carer Support service to our quarterly Community Events, where you can meet other local people who are part of the Cotswold Friends network. (Transport and escorts can be provided).
Call us on 01608 652019 to arrange an appointment.
Our Carer Respite service is accredited to the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. For further information please click here.