We are a  Charity dedicated to bringing hope to individuals and the wider community. 
We help people who face seemingly impossible barriers to find a way through, re-write their futures and flourish.
We never stop believing that with the right support, people can unlock their true potential. 

Introduce an older person

Do you know anyone who might live alone, lonely, feeling isolated or excluded?

Refer an older person now!  visit 'forms' on this website.

40% of the people we work with say they now have something to look forward to

 

Whether they are a friend, Neighbour, relative or spouse were here to help.

Delivery models include:
One-to-one: one person mentors or befriends another.
Group: a group of people come together with shared aims and objectives to learn, share and support each other.
One to many: an individual provides support for a number of people either in a small group together or individually.
Delivery methods include:
Face-to-face: the participants meet in person.
• Telephone: the use of telephone and telephone-conferencing, often referred
• Internet-based: using electronic methods such as email to deliver the support.
Often referred to as e-mentoring and e-befriending.

Sharing is Caring, we created befriending because we believe in the huge power of one person taking the time to help out another, inspired by that spirit of Community.

Referral 

 If your wondering who to refer first, stop and have a think about the people you know who will benefit the most from companionship.

Do you know someone who is struggling to sort care or help for themselves or a loved one?

Perhaps there  juggling daily life and work , with looking out for an older relative.

 Perhaps they have recently moved to a new area, and can do with meeting kind, compassionate people nearby. Or they could be recovering from an illness.

Does a name spring to mind?

We are always on the look out for kind helpful People who would as the perfect companion.

Perhaps you know a carer who Wants to put in a few hours and work on their own terms.

Befriending is exactly what it sounds like, getting people together to make friends.

Connecting is aimed at supporting older  people to maintain their independence by paticipating or leading a range of activities.

Many older people living  in their own homes can become isolated and lonely. But with regular weekly visits,perhaps to read the paper to a visually impaired person, to play cards  or accompany them to the grocery shop, Communities can make a huge difference.

What service does a befriender provide?

Befrienders visit the homes of the older persons on a regular basis at a time that is convenient to both the volunteer and yourselfs.

Visits are arranged by older persons and  befriender.

A typical visit could include a sit down with tea and cakes, followed by a chat about our lives, or maybe chat and play board games.

The Purpose of Befriending
When thinking about befriending, there were four main areas we considered:
Specific – eg to enable isolated people
in NW10, to enjoy time with someone
Adapt Behaviour – encourage and reinforce positive behaviours, or reduce
unwanted behaviours
Increase Opportunities – befriending can widen the range of opportunities
open to the befriendee, enabling them to discover and experience new things, with the help of their befriender
Supportive – the befriending relationship should be built on mutual trust, understanding and support

Connecting people support is available to you, if you have physical disabilities and are aged 65 and over. The support is for  older people living in the community, who require support to maintain their accommodation and/or their ability to live independently. our service aims to minimise emergencies or crisis whilst encouraging independence and social inclusion.

Ageing in the Caribbean and the rights of older persons

The population of the Caribbean, like much of the rest of the world, is ageing. The ‘young societies’ of the past are giving way to communities where older persons form a much larger proportion of the total population.

In the Caribbean,[1]the number of persons aged under 15 peaked in the early 1970s and has been falling steadily since; the number of people of working age (15-59) will peak in the early 2020s before falling; while the number of persons aged 60 and over is projected to rise for most of the rest of the century.

At the turn of the millennium, persons aged under 15 made up 30 per cent of the population; persons of working age (15-59) made up 60 per cent; and older persons just 10 per cent of the population. By 2050, the corresponding figures will be 18 per cent, 56 per cent and 26 per cent.

This ageing of the population is a direct product of what is called the demographic transition, that is, the transition from the high fertility/high mortality societies of the past to the low fertility/low mortality societies of the modern world. Population ageing should therefore be understood as a tremendous advancement in human development.

 

Of course, fulfilment of the human rights of older persons, in the context of an ageing population, will have major implications for public expenditure. Research based on the National Transfer Accounts framework suggests that public funding of pensions and health care services will have to increase significantly as a share of GDP.[2] 

Based on an analysis of ten Latin American countries and fifteen European Union countries (EU-15), it is projected that population ageing and economic growth will see spending on public health care services rise by 3.4 (Latin America) and 3.2 (EU-15) percentage shares of GDP between 2005 and 2050. So for example, a country spending 3.5 per cent of GDP on public health services in 2005 would, it is projected, be spending around 7 per cent of GDP on health care by 2050.

The corresponding increases in public expenditure on pensions were 1.5 (Latin America) and 2.3 (EU-15) percentage shares of GDP. It is reasonable to assume that similar increases will be required in Caribbean countries.

We have found that befriending is most successful when volunteers are well
supported, have access to staff expertise and knowledge and are part of a network
of joined up services that can support a family’s needs. We do not feel the matches
we have set up would have worked so well if volunteers could not also refer families
to other types of help and support within the organisation such as one to one advice,
training workshops and community drop in services.