Hospicare appealing for people to join new caring scheme
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 24 August 2015
The call has been made as the charity launches a pilot 'care navigator' service, which has so far attracted eight volunteers
Hospiscare is calling on volunteers within Honiton and its surrounding parishes to help support people living with a life-limiting illness.
The call has been made as the charity launches a pilot ‘care navigator’ service, which has so far attracted eight volunteers – including Winnie Cameron.
Winnie visits Honiton resident David Miller’s home every week to offer emotional and practical support.
Mr Miller, a well-known retired social worker, said: “We’ve had lovely trips out to Sidmouth, to a garden nursery, shopping and a restaurant. It’s good to have a bit of companionship.”
Winnie helps by giving David information about different local events and services. “Our role is to enable people to live a fulfilled life,” she said. “We offer support, a chat and companionship.”
Winnie is also is involved in many local health organisations.
She added: “I was a carer for my husband, but when he died last year, I thought it would be good to become a care navigator as I have got a lot of inside knowledge and enjoy signposting people to various services and events.”
Those interested in volunteering need to live within a 10-mile radius of Honiton. Care navigators can introduce patients to a range of services, helping them to find the support that is right for them, but there is no clinical care at any time.
For more, call Vicky on 01392 688068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any travel expenses will be reimbursed.