Friends of Care Homes

We are currently in a pilot phase of a new project exploring how volunteers can work within care homes to enhance the lives of the residents.

As a member organisation we have been involved with care homes for many years. We currently support seven groups who are Friends of care homes in their local communities, the earliest being established in 1968.

Our research tells us that this is going to be an area of increasing need as our ageing population increases, and we therefore felt it was an area that we should gain more first hand experience in.

As part of the pilot we have established three Friends groups to support two care homes in Southwark, London and one in York. 

Each Friends group is there to add value to the quality of lives of the residents in each care home and support them to have more choice over their day-to-day lives.

We do this initially by developing befriending services on the site. We have already found that this is particularly valued by some residents who through deteriorating health do not have the confidence to come out of their rooms.

Alongside this we support the care homes’ activities’ coordinators by providing extra pairs of hands during organised activity sessions, such as bingo and singing.

From these first three Friends of Care Homes we will create a model for how a Friends group can best support the residents in care homes. We then plan to expand the project by replicating the model in many of the 25,000 care homes across the country.

To find out more about our pilot phase please get in touch tel 0845 450 0285.

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