Volunteers needed by sitting service to help give carers a break

July 03 2016

A SERVICE for carers is hoping to find someone who can give up a few hours a week to take a Yate man to the gym and give his wife a break.

A SERVICE for carers is hoping to find someone who can give up a few hours a week to take a Yate man to the gym and give his wife a break.
The South Gloucestershire Sitting Service said the man, in his 60s, had dementia and had suffered a stroke.
He enjoyed going to Yate Leisure Centre on a Tuesday and although he could manage in the gym, he needed someone to give him a lift there and provide a little help.
If a volunteer could be found, that would allow his wife to spend some time with her daughter once a week.
Marilyn Crump, the sitting service co-ordinator, said: “It would be fantastic if we could match this gentleman up with a local man who can support him in this. It would make a huge difference to his wife, who is unable to leave him.”
She said the volunteer required would have to live in the Yate area, have their own transport, be confident and be able to use their own initiative.
The service is also looking to recruit more volunteers in order to help other people who care for relatives.
Marilyn said: “Carers often find their own health and well-being suffers due to the pressure of caring, so having a regular short break can make all the difference.
“All volunteers receive comprehensive induction, regular training and support and expenses are reimbursed. We also have regular social events for our volunteers.
“Demand for the ‘Breaks for Carers’ service is very high so we’re desperate to recruit more volunteers who can provide this invaluable service for carers.”
Anyone interested should phone 0117 937 5622 or 07722 283672.