Social isolation and loneliness is bad for your health – research suggests that it can be as bad as heavy smoking. Churn Good Neighbours is a befriending service for older people living alone.
Their volunteers make weekly visits to people who can’t get out as much as they would like. The friendships that develop enrich the lives of both people.
Their volunteer team have made more than 12,500 visits since they set up the service in 2008. Thanks to a Reaching Communities grant from the Big Lottery, they are working in partnership with Cotswold Friends (in the North Cotswolds) and People for You (in Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade) as part of Cotswold Befrienders. So any older person living alone anywhere in the Cotswold District can have a visitor if they would like one.
What are they looking for?
This is a free and confidential service available to anyone over the age of 65 living on their own. They try to match people up with a volunteer they are likely to get on with. The volunteer will call round regularly each week for a chat and a cup of tea or perhaps to go out for a walk or drive. They won’t take on other tasks but will keep a friendly eye on them and, through the CGN Manager, can signpost to other services if they are needed.
Working hours are flexible depending on your availability.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18
About The Churn Project (VG)
Established in 2001, The Churn Project is a small, grassroots charity working alongside the people of Cirencester to improve quality of life and well-being.
They were set up to support the communities of Watermoor, Chesterton and Beeches - areas of Cirencester with significant levels of deprivation and where around 65% of the total town population lives. Although these parts of the town remain our priority, their services and activities can now be accessed by everyone living in Cirencester and they estimate that around 7000 local people take advantage of them every year.
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