Do you Care?

CarersAre you interested in using your skills and experience and developing new ones through volunteering?

 

• Would you like to do something that will make a difference to people in your town or village?

 

• Do you want to be able to get some experience and a reference for paid work in the future?

 

If so becoming a volunteer befriender with the Carers Sitting Service may be for you!

 

Did you know?

 

  • Between the 2001 and 2011 censuses there was a recorded rise of 11% in the total number of unpaid carers nationally. The increase for Northamptonshire was 18% with East Northants (27%) reporting one of the fastest district rises in the country.  Approximately 15,000 individuals in the county now provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week for a loved one.

 

  • Approximately 15,000 individuals in the county now provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week for a loved one.

 

  • Between 2008 and 2015 all Northamptonshire districts are estimated to experience increases in the number of adults aged 65 or over with poor health providing unpaid care with most districts, including East Northamptonshire, recording increases of 86 people.

 

Evidence from Northamptonshire Carers has shown that 95% of carers said that support helped them to carry on in their caring role and 45% said that they used fewer acute and emergency services because of support provided by carers services

 

 

What’s involved?

 

The Carers Sitting service provides support by giving a break to those who have a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend. Sitting sessions take the form of befriending, do not involve provision of personal care, run from 2-3 hours and involve meeting the same person in their own home. We’ll provide you with induction, including training and on-going support. Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.

 

Volunteering is very flexible and you can fit it around your other commitments. You can do regular or more occasional sitting sessions. You don’t need any qualifications to become a volunteer as we provide training and on-going support. However, it is important that you are understanding, patient and a good listener.

 

Carers Sitting Service which has been running since August 2012. The service is a joint initiative between two charities, Crossroads Care East Midlands and Northamptonshire Carers both of whom are affiliated to the national charity the Carers Trust.

 

The service provides unpaid carers with a volunteer who sits with the person they care for enabling them to go out and do things they need to do. This may be something as simple as doing a full food shop at the supermarket and feeling confident that the person they care for is going to be OK as a volunteer sitter is with them.

 

Demand for the service in East Northamptonshire has been high. In fact, East Northamptonshire is one area of the county that has seen quite an increase in the number of unpaid carers and this means that more people will be looking to use the sitting service. With this in mind I am currently seeking to attract more volunteers in East Northamptonshire.

 

Interested and want to find out more? Contact Adam Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator on 01933 677837 or 07538 616387 or email adamw@northamptonshire-carers.org.

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