Our Befriending service aims to reduce social isolation for people, or the carers of people in Rossendale who are elderly or have health problems. The scheme matches each person (befriendee) with a volunteer befriender who will visit regularly to provide some company and, in some cases, assistance with accessing particular interest groups or sources of support.
The Rossendale Befriending Service aims to reduce social isolation for people and, if applicable, their partners or carers by arranging for a Volunteer Befriender to visit their home and provide some company. The service is for people who are registered with a Rossendale GP Practice and meet one or more of the following criteria:
Be aged 75 or over*
Have a life limiting illness
Have a long-term condition
*all persons under the age of 75 are holistically assessed on a case by case basis.
The scheme works by matching each person (Befriendee) with a Volunteer Befriender who will visit regularly to provide some company and, in some cases, assistance with accessing particular interest groups or sources of support. All of the Befriendees are assessed by The Befriending Coordinator who will take care to match them with a Volunteer Befriender who is able to meet their needs.
Befriending is flexible to suit the needs of the Volunteer Befriender and the Befriendee and, as such, can be carried out from Monday to Sunday during daytimes and evenings.
How to volunteer to become a Befriender
Most people can be a Volunteer Befriender because our Befriendees are all different and have a wide range of needs. We have people who want to chat, people who like to listen, people who want to learn new skills and people who just need someone to be at home to give their carer a break.
Application forms can be downloaded using the link below, picked up from the Hospice or posted out to you. Once we receive a completed application form, we will arrange a face to face chat to explain the service in greater detail, assess your availability and skill set and explain the next steps of the application including reference checks and Advanced DBS check.
How to Refer to the Befriending Service
We operate an open referral system which means that people can self-refer or be referred by family, friends or providers of health and social care. You may download a referral form below. NB: It is important that the person being referred is made aware of the referral.
Join our first virtual quiz on Sunday 12th April at 8pm to raise money for the Hospice during COVID19. Get yourself a drink, sit back and play from the comfort of your sofa! It costs a mere £3 to enter, the participation fee will enable us to continue to support patients in their own homes during these unprecedented times. To participate click HERE Good luck!
5 Valley schools raised a record amount for Rossendale Hospice in an entrepreneurial challenge.
The event, jointly organised by Rossendale Hospice supported by Baldwins and Alder Grange School, is in its 5th year. The five schools raised a combined total of £7,130.64 in this year’s ‘Youth Enterprise Challenge’.
The contest, launched in October last year, lasted 16 weeks and saw Year 9 & 10 teams from Alder Grange, The Valley Leadership Academy, Whitworth High, Haslingden High and Tor View school, all come up with enterprising initiatives to generate as much income as possible to be donated to the hospice.
Thank you to all the schools who took part and for the hardwork and effort that went into their fundraising.
We are working as normally as possible in what is an unprecedented and ever changing situation, and following government guidelines to keep our patients, volunteers and staff safe. Our Hospice at Home Teams are continuing to provide essential care for patients in their own homes but unfortunately we've had to adapt some of our other service provision.
Our fundraising activities have also been impacted as we've had to cancel many upcoming events which we so rely on. We will be launching a campaign to run over the next 12 weeks, and while we appreciate these are the most difficult times for all, we would be most grateful if you are able to make a donation. More information can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/carryoncaring?success=true
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