WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
If you are housebound or find it difficult to get around, we are here to help. If you would simply value a bit of company from time to time, we are here to help.
We can sit and chat, walk the dog, help out in the house or garden, pick up some shopping, take you out, and generally lend our help.
We have a team of volunteers who have committed to helping people like you in the community. They will offer you friendship and support, a listening ear and a caring hand.
Buckfastleigh Community Care is a local organisation set up to provide friendly support for people living in the Buckfastleigh area. We aim to match you with a volunteer who will visit you regularly and possibly help out with things such as shopping and other household issues. The services we may be able to offer include:
- Companionship and a listening ear
- Help with shopping
- Help with socialising
- Low level help in the home and garden
- Help with information and form-filling
- Outings to local shopping centres or areas of interest
- Carer relief
- Help after you are discharged from hospital with prescription collection, shopping and help in the house
- We are currently planning Phone Friends – a weekly telephone call from a volunteer for a friendly chat.
In addition to this, Sharing Buckfastleigh offers a
- Monthly Lunch Club with outings by minibus
- Sunday T-Set with tea, cakes and bingo alternate Sunday Afternoons
What areas do we cover?
We can help you if you live in Buckfastleigh and the surrounding villages; we extend our services where possible onto the Moor, including Widecombe. If you live near to our catchment area it may be possible for us to refer you to your local befriending organisation.
How it works
The coordinator will arrange a first visit with you to establish exactly how we can help, and to explain what we can offer. Next you will be matched with one of our volunteers who will be introduced to you by the coordinator.
The coordinator will contact you (and also the volunteer) soon after this introduction to check you are happy with the arrangement, and once again a few weeks later.
Support will be offered for an initial period of 6 weeks and after this we will decide together whether you would benefit from further support, always on the understanding that we may need our volunteer to help somebody new.
Our volunteers have been selected following an interview and application process, and have been DBS checked to ensure they have no criminal record. They have kindly agreed to offer their time to Buckfastleigh Community Care for free, and are looking forward to helping people in the community.
Buckfastleigh Community Care policy
We would prefer to be clear about a few of our policies in order simply to avoid any misunderstandings at a later stage.
- Please do not ask your volunteer for their telephone number; they are not allowed to give out this information. Please always make contact through the coordinator.
- Buckfastleigh Community Care policy does not allow volunteers to accept personal gifts. However, your volunteer is able to accept donations made to the charity. They will pass them to our treasurer.
- Our insurance policy does not cover personal or medical care so if a situation arises where either of these is required, volunteers are instructed to speak to the coordinator who will contact the relevant agency.
- Anything you tell your volunteer will be held in confidence by Buckfastleigh Community Care, and will only be disclosed to a third party with your consent, unless we have a legal obligation to disclose it or an overriding duty of care to you.
Trips out in the car
If as part of our service your volunteer agrees to take you out in the car (to the shops or bank, on the moor or to other nearby attractions), we would very much appreciate a donation roughly equivalent to the mileage driven @ 50p per mile. Please hand your donation to the volunteer in a sealed envelope, and they will give you a receipt. The donation will then be passed on to the Treasurer. We suggest a time limit of 2 – 2.5 hours since your volunteer will have other commitments to fulfil.
This service is currently in the planning stage but please register your interest now.
We wish to offer a service that will arrange for a Phone Friend to ring you once a week at a specified time; this can really help if you are feeling low or alone. Phone Friends will be Buckfastleigh Community Care volunteers and as such are fully vetted and trained. Your Phone Friend will ring you for up to 30 minutes at a time; the coordinator will check with you both after a fortnight to see how things are going, and after 6 weeks, we will come together to review the support you are receiving. If your Phone Friend is concerned at all about you he/she will report those concerns to the coordinator – the same rules about confidentiality apply as set out above.
Sharing Buckfastleigh Monthly Lunch Club
This friendly event happens each month with a minibus to collect you from your door and take you our carefully selected venue. Volunteers from Sharing Buckfastleigh escort you and we have a Community Transport Driver. You pay for your meal at the hotel, restaurant or pub that we visit. Numbers are limited due to space in the minibuses.
Please call Hilary on 01364 643 561 to book.
Sharing Buckfastleigh T Set Twice monthly
Sharing Buckfastleigh provide transport, tea with savouries and cakes and pudding for just £2 contribution. Held at Buckfast Village Hall (formerly South Park Centre) from 2 – 4 every other Sunday. Bingo, chat and good company.
Call Hilary on 01364 643 561 to book your place.