Hospice Helping Hands Service Supports Sutherland Care Forum

3 May 2017

Hospice Helping Hands Service Supports Sutherland Care Forum image

Highland Hospice has joined forces with Sutherland Care Forum to help extend the range of services they offer. The Hospice will work with the Forum’s befriending service, Friends at Home, to provide vital volunteer support for people with a palliative care diagnosis in their own homes in the county.

Friends at Home currently have trained volunteers who support older people in their own homes, helping them to remain independent for longer.  This service provides valuable companionship for vulnerable and isolated members of the community, both in person and via the Good Morning Sutherland telephone service.

Highland Hospice’s Helping Hands service provides volunteer befriending and support throughout Easter Ross and the Black Isle, with training provided by Hospice staff. Volunteers visit people regularly in their own homes providing social and practical support in an informal way to people and their carers in need of this support, and it is open to all individuals in need regardless of their diagnosis.

Helping Hands Service Manager Susan Smith said, “As part of the drive to expand our service to other parts of the Highland region, we are enjoying working with Sutherland Care Forum to extend its range of services.  We are delighted that Helping Hands can help to develop Friends at Home in the area by sharing our resources and providing advice and training to volunteers.”

If you are interested in becoming a Friends at Home volunteer, please contact Isobel Murray on 07907 595962 or email isobelesccf@yahoo.co.uk

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