By commissioning an early intervention service that provides social interaction and companionship, Odiham Cottage Hospital has agreed to fund a volunteer-led befriending service, operating four days a week; Monday to Thursday.  Working in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospice, with referrals via local healthcare professionals, the service aims to enhance the quality of life for adults suffering with a long term illness and/or palliative care needs i.e. the most vulnerable groups, within the West Hart and Old Basing community.

This is done by offering clients the opportunity to reduce social isolation and to form a trusting relationship with volunteer befrienders, which in turn may enable the client to:

•    acquire a greater degree of self-confidence and emotional growth

•    enhance their capacity to make use of their own resources, as well those resources available to them within their community, i.e. other voluntary organisations/statutory agencies

•    cultivate and maintain relationships with others while re-connecting with their local community

We are now actively recruiting volunteer befrienders

For more information telephone Maria Bryant  01256 393609

Or download the letter and application form