Neighbourhood Care Scheme expands into Moulsecoomb and BevendeanPosted on 3rd November 2016 by Danielle Alkiner-Aplin
One in nine households in the Moulsecoomb area is inhabited by someone over 65 who lives alone
The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is delighted to announce that its award-winning befriending service is now available to the residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. With recent statistics showing that the Moulsecoomb area has a higher than average percentage of older people living alone, this expansion feels all the more important.
Hello reader of my inaugural Neighbourhood Care Scheme blog, my name is Danielle, and I have recently started in post as the Volunteer Coordinator in charge of developing the expansion of the NCS into Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. I am currently busy with getting to know the area and arranging meetings with people who work locally to see how we can work together for the benefit of local residents. I enjoyed giving a talk at the Bates Estate Tenants & Residents Association meeting last week, where I was able to meet local residents and get a sense of issues that are important to them. It was great to meet staff from The Bridge Community Education Centre to learn more about their 50+ activities.
I am in the process of planning an open day for the residents of Moulsecoomb, which will be held on the 30th November, Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre, 1.30-4.30pm and 5.30-8.30pm. This will be a great opportunity for potential volunteers or those who feel they might like a befriender to come down and enjoy a cup or tea, a slice of cake and to talk to staff and volunteers from the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Watch this space and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more details!
I am also starting to recruit volunteers for the area, so if you think you might like to spend some time working towards reducing isolation, making new friends, having fun and increasing your own skills and wellbeing by simply sharing a cup of tea or helping someone local to you with a few light tasks, please do get in touch and I can tell you more about the role and how you can get involved.
Or, if you are reading this and think that you or someone you know could benefit from being matched with an NCS volunteer befriender, please get in touch and we can have a chat.
I look forward to hearing from you about benefitting from or taking part in this exciting work. You can contact me on 01273 775 888 or by email on Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org