Volunteers are the backbone of our Good Neighbours Scheme without them we would not be able to achieve our aim of combatting social isolation suffered by older people in Fallowfield, Hulme, Moss Side, Rusholme and Whalley Range.
That is why it is important to us that LINK volunteers are happy with the tasks they undertake and that they get satisfaction from doing them.
Support and Training
All LINK volunteers are support in their work by our LINK coordinator Matthew and receive training from qualified instructors in important issues such as First Aid, Dementia Awareness, Health & Safety, and undergo Criminal Record clearance.
What LINK Volunteers Do
Activities: volunteers assist older people at LINK activities by talking to them & helping them with the activity; on our trips volunteers assist older people who are sight impaired or in wheelchairs.
Befrienders: with the help and support of our LINK Coordinator, volunteer befrienders establish a one to one relationship with an older person who they visit in their home. Volunteers decide who they wish to befriend.
Community Navigators: with the support of our LINK Coordinator volunteer community navigators research what suitable social activities are available in our area for older people and then use this knowledge to encourage an older person, with the support of the LINK Coordinator or the Befriender, to get involved with one or more suitable activity.
To achieve our aim of combatting social isolation we need your help. We need to recruit volunteers. Can you spare two hours a week to help socially isolated older people in need of companionship?
LINK Good Neighbours is funded by Manchester City Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning and is FREE OF CHARGE.
For more information about becoming a LINK Volunteer Contact:
Mathew Youngson (LINK),
Trinity House Community Resource Centre
Grove Close off Platt Lane
Manchester M14 5AA
Phone 0161 225 1064
Email: Matthew Youngson
LINK Good Neighbours (LINK) is a joint undertaking by two local charities namely Trinity House Community Resource Centre and Rusholme and Fallowfield Community Forum.