11 November 2015 / Categories: Projects, Healthy City Community Neighbours Aim: Community Neighbours is run by Carlisle City Council and provides a range of opportunities designed to improve quality of life, reduce isolation and loneliness and keep older people independent and active for as long as possible in the communities they helped create. We believe that keeping active and enjoying life more leads to better physical and mental health, which helps older people deal with problems and keeps them living in their own homes for as long as possible. Elderly people are referred to the project by adult social care. If you are already supporting someone you can both join the project. We then link that person with a local volunteer. We do not provide personal care or help with domestic chores. Mission Statement: By offering neighbourly support, we do the small things that make a big difference in helping people to improve their health and quality of life. By working with committed volunteers, we will help to bring transformation to the lives of individuals living in our community, and to the community as a whole. We provide equal opportunities without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, gender or disability. We share responsibility for protecting people Role of the Volunteer: •Community Neighbours will cover a number of activities:- •companionship •shopping and running small errands •transport •accompanied walks •help with correspondence •dog walking •supporting people to access social & leisure activities All volunteers will be required to provide references and Disclosure and Barring Service checks Benefits of Volunteering: •broaden your horizons. •development of greater skills, opportunities •make new friends •strengthen your CV •develop your local community •training •Sense of achievement To apply to be a volunteer, please download, fill in and return the application form, equal opportunities form and car insurance letter from the downloadable documents. Referrals: Older people are welcome to join the project and can also be referred by other agencies. We then link that person with a local volunteer. If you are already supporting someone locally you can both join the project. We do not provide personal care or help with domestic chores. You can find a referral form to the right. Community Neighbours is part of Homelife Carlisle, for more information please visit the Homelife Carlisle Project page. For further information, telephone Paul Caine 01228 817125 Print 1883 Rate this article: No rating More links http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/communityneighbours Please login or register to post comments.