Our clients find that with the progression of their illness their social world decreases in size. They may not feel as confident about going out on their own any longer. Our carers also get very tired and are unable to find time to do the things that must happen each week in order for a household to function.
This is where our Home Support volunteers step in.
They visit clients in their own home. These can be on a weekly basis, for up to four hours but is often far less.
Visits can include companionship and social interaction, respite support to give carers a break, transport to and from medical appointments or social outings.
Home Support volunteers engage in many different activities with clients. These have included:
Our volunteers do not perform any personal care, medication management, shopping (without the client’s presence) or housework.
If you have the ability to just ‘be’ with another person, allowing them to guide your time together, our Home Support Volunteer program might interest you
As I think of the volunteers who have spent time with clients I oversee, I am amazed at the change they have made by just 'being' with our clients. With laughter, interest, sharing of literature, playing electronic games, listening, going to the movies, shooting baskets (basketball), lunch at a cafe, concern for them as they share some of their internal struggle - these are just some of the ways our volunteers bring life and normality into the lives of those who are isolated due to their illness.EPC Staff
You have such a “knack” of making each one feel they’re special and they’re in your mind… you do make the time to be there for us all and encourage us…you bring out the best in us…you’ve a talent for making us feel we’ve done something special.Keith (EPC vol)