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Volunteer befrienders needed by Ealing Carers Hub to help local unpaid carers get some time for themselves

Ealing’s newly revamped Ealing Carers Hub, which is supported by Ealing Council, is looking for volunteer befrienders who can spare a few hours a week or month to help unpaid carers at home who need some time for themselves to go out.

With Befriending Week running from November 1 to November 7, Sue Stockman, director of carers services for Ealing Carers Hub told EALING.NEWS now is a great time to be a volunteer befriender.

She said: “We offer breaks for a few hours for carers by providing support to those they care for a short time. This might be by having a volunteer befriender to stay with the person in their home and doing activities such as playing cards, having a cuppa and a chat or watching a favourite TV show. It might also be offering group activities run by staff and volunteers at a centre in the community or attending a day centre.”

By being a volunteer befriender, the unpaid carer then gets some time for their own needs.

Sue explained: “This gives carers time to themselves, chance to have a hair cut or do some exercise or just to sit down and watch a film. It also gives those they care for chance to enjoy their own interests and some companionship. Both return home re-energised and with something fresh to talk about.”

Ealing Carers Hub services are run from Sycamore Lodge in Acton and offers a variety of health and wellbeing activities for carers as well as sessions they run in partnership with other providers.

Volunteers interested in befriending for 1-3 hours per week also get training and support.  To find out more call 020 3886 0839 or  email: vip@yvhsc.org.uk

Ealing Carers Hub offers information and support to those needing it.

Sue explained what they do: “We support unpaid carers by providing practical and emotional support to unpaid carers, empowering people who care for a family member, neighbour or close friend, to actively manage the challenges they face and thrive. We offer information, advice and guidance to carers on applying for a carers assessment, welfare benefits and hardship grants as well as emotional support.”

Any carer who needs help, can contact Ealing Carers Hub by calling 020 3137 6194 or email: carerspathways@ealingcarers.co.uk

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