The aim of our team is to provide committed and confidential support, offering friendship or companionship with social and personal needs met where possible.
A volunteer visits regularly by appointment. All volunteers are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of those they visit.
We are flexible and will help in any way we can but personal care or procedures that require a nurse or trained carer cannot be undertaken.
St Andrew’s Churches in Histon and Impington give their full support to the volunteer scheme and the members of the team have both Churches’ recommendation. However, the purpose of the visits is not to discuss religious matters, unless requested to do so, but to give support to the community.
There is no charge for the service.
The form of the visits varies according to the needs and wishes of the person being visited but can involve some of the following:
- Conversation (we are good listeners)
- You may enjoy reminiscing and/or looking at photographs
- Being read to
- Playing a board game
- Doing a crossword or puzzle
- Having help with correspondence or telephone calls
- Having your library books or videos and DVDs changed
- You might like to go to the local shop or have your visitor do small amounts of local shopping
Kathy Hines is the co-ordinator of the visiting team and she will be the first person you meet.
How to Arrange a Visit
Please call the Church Office on 0800 0588584 (the call is free) leaving your name, address and telephone number and Kathy will arrange to visit you in your home to discuss how we might be of help.
We have a useful leaflet about the Visiting Team for the Housebound Elderly