Rossendale Hospice seeking people who would like to become a befriender
Rossendale Hospice is seeking volunteers to be involved in a befriending initiative that has run locally for over five years.
The aim of the befriending service is 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 can visit regularly to provide some company and, in some cases, assistance with accessing particular interest groups or sources of support.
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
However, this doesn’t exclude those under 75 who may be suitable for the service, it just means they will assessed on an individual basis.
Befriending is entirely flexible to suit the needs of both the volunteer befriender and the befriendee and, as such, can be carried out seven days a week, daytimes and evenings.
Irene Smith, Chief Officer at Rossendale Hospice, explained: “You don’t need any special qualifications to become a befriender. For those people who want to volunteer, they will be given training by an experienced befriending co-ordinator. You will learn how to listen in a caring and non-judgemental way. When you start work the same co-ordinator will be on hand to support you, whilst being a befriender can be extremely rewarding it can also at times be emotionally tough.
“In the current climate of responding to the COVID 19 pandemic it’s never been more important than ever to look out for each other. At the hospice we believe that befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships to people who would otherwise be socially isolated.”
Amy O’Connor, Befriending Co-ordinator at Rossendale Hospice, and the first point of contact for befriending volunteers, said: “You will become an invaluable resource to people who feel that they have nowhere else to turn. Evidence suggests that giving your time in this way could be as valuable to you as the person that you support. A simple friendly socially distanced chat or phone call can make all the difference.”
Dr Abdul Mannan, a local Rossendale GP and Clinical Director of Rossendale West Primary Care Network, has been able to see first-hand over a number of years the benefits that a local befriending service can bring. He said: “The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.”
For more information on the befriending service, or to make an enquiry about becoming a volunteer befriender, please contact Amy O’Connor at Rossendale Hospice via e-mail - Amy.O'Connor@rossendalehospice.org or by phoning the hospice on 01706 253633.
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.
NORI HR are doing an amazing fundraising campaign this year by running 12 different chairty events in 12 months all in aid of 12 handpicked local charities and we are very proud tro say we are one of the 12.
Events from Big Fat Quizzes, Sky Dives and Hikes to a huge corporate Charity ball are all on their list for the year.
ANNUAL LADIES’ CHRISTMAS PARTY RAISES THOUSANDS FOR HOSPICE
Nino’s Restaurant, Rawtenstall played host to over 170 of Rossendale’s Ladies last week for a Christmas Fundraiser all in aid of Rossendale Hospice.
The event was organised by the Special Events Committee, a group of fantastic volunteers who dedicated the past few months to liaising with local businesses to source spectacular donations to the auction and raffle which ultimately raised £19,127 on the day.
The festivities got off to a thought provoking start with Hazel Holland, who talked about her personal journey with cancer as a reminder of why the Hospice is such an important community service and why raising money for it is so vital.
Post lunch the fundraising began in earnest with compere Joe Casserley keeping up with the bidding frenzy for lots such as holidays in Tenerife and Wales, A Day at the Races, gym memberships from new gym, Thrive and a bespoke garden design from Simon Nuttall at NuttHutt.
One of the most sought after lots however were the VIP tickets to see Adele live at Hyde Park next year, kindly donated by Georgina Nuttall which went for a whopping £2100!
Guests were rewarded for their generosity with music from Callum Spencer and an afternoon of table service from the staff at Ninos.
Clare Richards, Head of Fundraising said “This event is always a great success thanks to the support of the ladies of the Special Events Committee and the local businesses who so graciously donate high value items to raise money for the Hospice. A special thanks to supporting businesses such as CFH Design who provided design and print materials, which allows for more funds to go directly on funding patient services. A huge thanks to the ladies for attending this event and helping raise so much money which will allow us to continue to make such a positive difference to people’s lives.”
Our Special Events Committee (LtoR)– Sarah Makin, Danielle Harrison, Rachel Hall, Louise Smith, Mel Fourie
We are so honoured that all our hard work over the past 12 months has been recognised with this fantastic award. Thank you so much to the judging panel at Rossendale Business Awards for selecting us as the winners of Best Not-for-profit.
We don’t do what we do for the awards but it is lovely to know our work is appreciated in the Rossendale Community and we accept it on behalf of every single person who helps make the Hospice the wonderful organisation it is, from the nurses and fundraisers to the office staff, the cleaners and of course our invaluable volunteers.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated in all categories, especially our fellow charitable nominees. Keep doing what you do.
Schools help make every moment count for Rossendale Hospice
From pennies, to pounds, to people: Pupils from over thirty Valley schools have been saving their pennies since the end of September all in support of Rossendale Hospice and their annual ‘Inter-School Penny Appeal’.
Pennies have been saved in their ‘Penny Boxes’ featuring new mascot, Penny the Pig and between them the schools have raised a wonderful £5,257.66!
The Challenge has been running for over 15 years and has raised in the region of £60,000 for the Hospice, all of which goes towards supporting Rossendale residents with life limiting conditions, often in their homes.
This year the winning high school is yet again, Haslingden High making this their eighth years in a row to bring in the highest amount. Northern County Primary in Bacup won in their category and the winning preschool/ nursery was Bacup Nursery School.
The winning schools have received a special Penny Appeal certificate to congratulate their efforts and each participating school have received a certificate of appreciation.
Fundraiser Joanna Williams said: “It’s wonderful to see schools engaging with our Penny Appeal year after year and so generously giving their own spare change to help people in their community. Seeing our younger residents getting involved with fundraising for Rossendale Hospice fills us with appreciation and hope for the future.
The Hospice couldn’t continue to run things like its ‘Hospice at Home’ service, or ‘Wellness Centre’ for day patients without the highly trained care team, the many volunteers who help to keep day to day running of the Hospice going, or ultimately our wonderful fundraisers, so thank you to each and every one of them”
Listen to the views of some of our patients and hear about what the Hospice needs to provide our services.