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Winchester Live At Home Scheme

A charity supporting older people in Winchester



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Winchester Live at Home Scheme is part of Methodist Homes for the aged, registered as a charity - No 1083995. Part of MHA Care Group.

Volunteer

“I never thought a 65 year old would be one of my closest friends being only 19 myself!”  - Winchester Live at Home Scheme Volunteer


Volunteering can prove to be a very rewarding experience for many people so if you have some time available and enjoy the company of older people then perhaps our Volunteering roles may suit you.

Through our able team of Volunteers we are able to offer opportunities for companionship, support and advice.

Winchester Live at Home Scheme welcomes Volunteers from all walks of life, whether you want to Volunteer as a stepping stone for getting back into work or you have retired and are looking for something worthwhile to do with your time, whether you are a student or parent with spare time in the day, we appreciate all people who are willing to offer.

“The Volunteers who have helped me are first class and have become good friends.”  - Winchester Live at Home Scheme Member

We have a lovely team of Volunteers but the demand for our service is continuously increasing. Our team do a great job but there are more older people out there who want our help. That’s what our ‘50 Friends’ campaign is all about – finding people who can really make a difference.

Current Volunteer vacancies include:


Exercise Class Assistant

Every Monday 10.30am – 12noon (Town Centre)

or every Thursday 10.30am – 12noon (Town Centre or Stanmore)

or every Friday 10.30am-12noon (Alresford)

 Assisting class instructor with set up of room and equipment

 Partaking in the class and supporting Members needs

 Making teas/coffees after the exercise part of the session has finished

 Chatting with Members

 Helping to tidy up


Club Helper

Every Monday 11.30am-1.30pm, based at the United Church

 Making teas/coffees before the class starts

 Chatting with Members

 Helping to tidy up


Kitchen Assistant

Alternate Fridays 10.30am – 2pm, based at the United Church

 Helping to prepare food

 Serving tea/coffees and lunches

 Clearing tables


We always need befrienders, and anyone with could offer an hour a fortnight would be a great help. It makes such a difference to people when they’re lonely, to have someone call them once in a while to have a chat. We need befrienders in the following locations: City centre, Kings Worthy, Micheldever, Weeke, Harestock, Stanmore, Badger Farm, Olivers Battery, Swanmore, Bishops Waltham, Romsey and Alresford.


We also really need drivers. It often doesn’t require a lot of time from the driver, but makes such a difference. It means people can attend their doctors’ and dentists’ appointments, go to exercise classes or our day trips, rather than just being stuck inside all day.

 

Regular driving slots where we require extra car drivers: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings


Any expenses incurred will be paid and training provided is free of charge.

Our current number of Volunteers is: 113*

*Figures correct at 6/10/2017

If you are interested in Volunteering for the scheme then please Contact Us.

‘Definitely give it a go. It’s not a big time commitment and it might change your life in a way you didn’t expect.'


'Volunteering means I'm still doing something worthwhile now that I'm retired.'


‘I would encourage anyone to give Volunteering a go. Whatever time you have to give, we will find a role for you, even if it’s just chatting to someone for an hour a week.'

'Give it a try! You have nothing to lose, and might discover a whole new side of your personality!'


'Volunteering is great fun and a self-esteem boost!'