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Reach Out “Become A Compassionate Neighbour� To volunteer support and companionship for those living with advanced illness at home

Who we are Compassionate Communities ‘Reach Out’ is a voluntary service. It provides support to people who are living with advanced illness. Trained Compassionate Neighbours provide weekly contact with people who have become isolated at home as a result of illness. A regular visit from a trusted companion for just a few hours a week can make all the difference to someone who feels isolated and alone. It might be as simple as going for a cup of tea, enjoying a shared interest or a trip to the local community centre. Spending some time in the company of others can help reduce feelings of isolation and improve mental well-being. By offering a few hours a week you will have a positive impact on someone’s life when they need help the most. The person you visit will benefit from regular contact and your support may encourage them to participate in activities in their local community.

What we expect from you To commit to giving a couple of hours each week for at least 12 months. We can agree on the type of help you want to provide and we will match you with a person who would benefit from your time.

What you can expect from us • A comprehensive 2 day training programme which will provide you with the skills and resources to ensure that you are confident in your new role. • A Volunteer Information Manual to ensure you have the relevant information and guidelines. • Regular contact with support staff and fellow volunteers.

Get in touch… To find out more contact Tracy Gray Volunteer Coordinator T: 0784 1101932 E: Opening times: Monday — Friday 9.00 a.m. — 5.00 p.m.

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