Saturday, 21 October 2017

Befriend a patient

MORE people are needed to join Sue Ryder’s befriending scheme.

MORE people are needed to join Sue Ryder’s befriending scheme.

The scheme, which was recently awarded the approved provider standard, aims are to improve quality of life for isolated patients and help them maintain independence.

Volunteers assist patients discharged from the charity’s Nettlebed hospice and ensure they receive all the necessary support when they return home.

Jane Rankin, befriending service and volunteer lead at Sue Ryder, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who is interested in sparing a few hours a week to support our patients with this very rewarding role, not only for the patients but also the volunteer befrienders.

“Not only do volunteers play a vital role in supporting vulnerable people to increase their independence, but this volunteering opportunity will also help develop valuable skills that can improve job prospects as well as help widen your social circle.”

To volunteer, call the hospice on (01491) 641384.

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