Help at Hand Ends On A High!

Two hundred people have found satisfaction through volunteering in North Warwickshire thanks to a project, which is sadly coming to an end.


The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire has been running the Help at Hand project for the last five years, encouraging people to volunteer to help other people in their communities.


Over the years people have given up their time to help out with gardening, DIY, dog walking, taking people to the shops and particularly befriending.


The project, which is funded by the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities Fund has seen a rise in the number of people wanting to help lonely people in their neighbourhoods, with more people than ever before interested in becoming a befriender.


Volunteer Coordinator Julie Airey says “We have seen an increase in the number of people wanting to help someone who is isolated or on their own. That means we need more people who could benefit from a befriender to come forward.”


The centre makes sure that the person volunteering and the befriendee is a match and that they are going to get on.


Julie recently visited Mrs Harris in Kingsbury. She says “She got in touch because she doesn’t have many visitors in the week and felt having someone to have a cup of tea with once a week would be something to look forward to.”


Befriending is quite flexible on hours, as long as you can commit to a visit on a regular basis.


Pic 1Julie added “We have found Mrs Harris a befriender who will be starting volunteering in a couple of weeks, but we do still have a number of volunteers we haven’t been able to match with anyone yet, especially in the Atherstone area”


Despite the Help at Hand project finishing at the end of March, the centre will continue to support those volunteers already befriending and the people who have a befriender.


Nearly five thousand pounds has been secured by The Volunteer Centre North from the Allen Lane Foundation, that will sustain the befriending part of the project for another year.


If you, friends or family know of anyone who could benefit from the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire’s befriending scheme, especially in the Atherstone area, give Julie a ring on 01827 717073.