A joint initiative between Burpham Church and Burpham Community Association to provide support to anyone who needs it in Burpham.
How can we help?
Six months on and we are still here to provide Burpham with a safety net of support and we do not want anyone to struggle or suffer in silence in our own community. We’re here to help all ages, including younger people far from home or those new to the area who may not know anyone, particularly if they suddenly have to self-isolate. We have provided a valuable shopping service for those unable to go shopping, a prescription collection service when pharmacies were not routinely delivering medication and we have really enjoyed chatting as we have taken calls and delivered to people. Sadly, for many of our volunteers, we were not required to walk many dogs!
There is a great feeling of uncertainty about what the winter months will bring and we therefore want to continue to offer a volunteer run support service to our own community. There is a core group of volunteers available and a large reserve pool we can draw on if the need arises. Shopping seems less of a problem now with increased online opportunities or family and neighbour’s help but if someone suddenly has to isolate or is too vulnerable to get out, we can do an emergency shop. Many chemists now offer delivery services but again at short notice we can help with collection and delivery of prescriptions.
We really enjoyed our chats with people and our volunteers valued getting to know their neighbours, on the doorsteps.
Our mobile is monitored Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and during these hours we will respond to messages within three hours. Our email address is monitored every day email@example.com If you just want a friendly chat do phone our number 07880 586455.
Our thoughts are now turning to Christmas and we are keen to ensure nobody is lonely or isolated. We are exploring various ideas to bring ‘comfort and joy’ to Burpham so please let us know if you, or anyone you know, is likely to need a bit of friendly support. This could be older people but also younger people far from home or those new to the area who may not know anyone. Just drop us an email or call our number.
We are looking for volunteers who can knit or crochet during November for one project. Simple patterns provided so let us know if this is for you.
We are working jointly with Burpham Community Association and Burpham Church around Christmas and if you have any ideas about how Christmas can be made brighter in Burpham do let us know.
Examples of other local support available
Age UK Surrey provides a range of services to prevent loneliness and isolation and help people over 50 to remain independent and informed. Call Age UK Surrey 01483 503414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Age UK offers Information and advice on a range of issues, including money, housing and care. Expert advisors can assist over the telephone with benefit entitlement claims and signpost to other organisations as required.
Specific help offered by Age UK Surrey:
- Volunteer Shopping – for essential items.
- Check-in and Chat – a regular friendly chat.
- Help at Home – a paid for service providing cleaning, laundry, light meal preparation, companionship and gardening.
- Get Online Digital Telephone support. Help with getting online, understanding Zoom and other virtual meeting website, social media or advice on your computer or mobile device.
- Virtual Coffee Mornings with our Information and Advice Manager. An opportunity to ask questions and have a sociable chat.
Voluntary Action South West Surrey
01483 504626 or www.vasws.org.uk Provides lists of activities, help to enable people to join in and they have an extensive directory of volunteering opportunities.
07719 562617 or www.peertalk.org.uk Guildford peer support group for those living with depression, anxiety and related distress for those facing depression.
Don’t suffer in silence in Burpham…contact us for help 07880 586455 or email email@example.com