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Call for volunteers to help keep people in Lincolnshire connected to their community


7/3/2024 11:11:57 AM

Charities & Wellbeing

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The NHS and Care Volunteer Responders programme is calling on Lincolnshire locals to step forward and volunteer to support their community through the new Connect service.


More volunteers are needed to help local people who may be experiencing health challenges, isolation or loneliness, to participate in social activities and remain connected to their community.


In this rewarding role, volunteers accompany people to a range of community outings such as taking gentle walks, going for a coffee, helping someone to join a new club or group, nipping to the shops together, or helping them to use public transport and visit loved ones. The friendly support of volunteers through the Connect service can help build confidence and encourage people to stay active and engaged in their communities.


Ben Long, NHS and Care Volunteer Responders Programme Manager said: "Connect Volunteers play an important role in enriching the lives of those who need support by helping them build and maintain vital social connections. Through Volunteer Responders, you have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to someone's life in a truly rewarding and enjoyable way, by helping people regain confidence and enjoy hobbies, connections and pastimes in their community.


“Just giving a couple of hours, at a time that suits you, can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people across Lincolnshire.”


Volunteering with Connect is completely flexible and is managed through the GoodSAM smartphone app, allowing volunteers to have a positive impact on people in their area, at times and locations that suit them.


This activity can be a one-off or occur once a week for a maximum of six weeks. Volunteers can choose their own shifts in the app without having to commit long-term, ensuring that even those with busy schedules can contribute.


Those ready to make a difference in Lincolnshire can visit the website for more details on the activities and how to sign up: nhscarevolunteerresponders.org

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