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Communicare in Southampton

Communicare in Southampton is a friendly, local charity that enriches the quality of life of lonely and isolated people in Southampton. Our committed volunteers act as good neighbours; they offer practical and emotional support in a variety of ways at no cost to the service users.

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023 8250 0050

Registered charity no. 1110427

Member since February 2022

Latest News

New Commercial Partnership - Ways to Move

New Commercial Partnership - Ways to Move

A SOUTHAMPTON-BASED business that empowers people to stay mobile by looking after themselves has signed up to a charity’s new business partnership initiative (May 2022).

Ways to Move, which is run by Eleanor van der Hoest, will be donating 5% of every booking via Work for Good to Communicare, which helps vulnerable and isolated people in Southampton.

Eleanor said: “I am passionate about helping people, especially seniors, to enjoy good quality of life, which is in line with the work Communicare does supporting the vulnerable and isolated in the community. This is why, when I heard about its call for small, independent businesses to work with the team to create bespoke fundraising opportunities, I thought it was the perfect partnership.

“I have committed to donate to Communicare, 5% from my takings, which I hope will go a long way towards the fantastic work the charity does.”

Ways to Move empowers people to stay independent into advancing age through a unique, personalised service.

Eleanor promotes natural ease of movement in walking and everyday movement, in a variety of fun, non-strenous ways. This empowerment likewise applies to her cycling tuition and coaching in computer skills. Eleanor believes in Albert Einstein’s quote “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

She said: “I discovered the joys of dancing freely in my youth and having incorporated it into my own life, it is now part of my toolkit for empowering other people to maintain balance, poise and independence.”

“Supporting my mum in her last years and working with older people with dementia, Parkinson’s disease or frailty, gave me insights into overcoming the obstacles of ageing. This led me to develop a passion for staying well throughout life and the best way to do this is through movement.”

Anyone interested in booking Eleanor for any of her sessions, should visit www.waystomove.co.uk, email eleanor@waystomove.co.uk or call 07952 314768.

Communicare Development Officer, Nick Thomas, said: “Eleanor and Ways to Move is the second business to sign up to our new initiative and we are thrilled to have them on board.

“Eleanor’s work helping older people is in a similar realm to what we do and we really hope we can work together in more ways than this. Her generous donations to us will go a long way to helping fund the work we do to help vulnerable and isolated people in Southampton.”

Any other Southampton-based companies interested in creating bespoke fundraising opportunities that are mutually beneficial should get in touch with Nick at Communicare on 07874 868 241 or email nick@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk.

He added: “We will promote those we partner with through our social media pages, website, e-newsletter and PR activity, giving them a potentially greater reach and also helping raise awareness of their brand to a new audience and market for them.

“Businesses that work with us will have improved visibility, as people notice when you give back to the community. They will also experience positive marketing – associating their venture with a good cause will help customers see a brand in a positive light, in contrast to competitors who may be focusing on maximising profits. The relationship should also assist with long-term customer loyalty – customers feel good buying from a company that cares and are, therefore, more likely to return and advocate on behalf of that business too.

“Finally, it will help boost profits, because supporting a community encourages people to see a firm as an integral part of that neighbourhood, and therefore back the enterprise too.”

Communicare, which is a friendly, neighbourhood charity, provides services that enrich the lives of lonely and isolated people in and around Southampton.

Its services are staffed by its devoted volunteers, known as Communiteers, who give their time freely.

The charity is currently supporting around 570 individuals/families through tasks including one-to-one telephone befriending and transport for essential appointments and assistance with shopping.

Now Covid rules have lifted, Communicare is once again assisting with trips to lunch clubs, social events and activities to help beat isolation and loneliness too.

The services Communicare provides are free to users, although beneficiaries are invited to make a donation if they are able to, and Communiteers are offered expenses.

To find out more about Communicare, please visit www.communicareinsouthampton.org.uk or call 023 8250 0050.

Simply Buffets is the first business to partner with us through Work for Good

Simply Buffets is the first business to partner with us through Work for Good

A Southampton-based catering business is the first to sign up to our new business partnership initiative this month.

Simply Buffets

Simply Buffets, run by Jill Abrahams, has signed up with Work for Good and is donating 50p per head on main food and 20p per head on desserts to us.

Jill said: “When I heard about Communicare’s call for small, independent businesses to work with it to create bespoke fundraising opportunities, I thought it would be good to get involved.

“It feels great to be doing my bit for the local community. In return, Communicare is helping to raise awareness of my business and introducing me to a greater potential customer base.

“We provide a service with a good range, quality and quantity tailored to clients’ requirements. There is no need for them to do anything. Tablecloths, crockery and serviettes are all provided in the customer’s colour of choice as well as flower table decorations. The main bonus is that there is no washing up for people to do!

“I am donating 50p per head on main food and 20p per head on desserts to the charity as part of the partnership.”

Simply Buffets Menu

Simply Buffets was created in 2017 by Jill after she realised that she could provide a tailor-made buffet service, with good quality food, at a reasonable price for people.

Anyone interested in Jill’s services, should get in touch with her on 023 80431067, 07735329064 or email simplybuffetssouthampton@gmail.com.

Our business partnership initiative

We’re so thrilled to welcome Jill and Simply Buffets to the partnership and we are delighted with the donations she has committed to. These will go a long way to helping fund the work we do to help vulnerable and isolated people in Southampton.

We’re looking to partner with other Southampton-based companies to create bespoke fundraising opportunities that are mutually beneficial and are using the services of Work for Good, which believes small businesses can have a powerful, positive impact, whatever their size.

We will promote those we partner with through our social media pages, website, e-newsletter and PR activity, giving them a potentially greater reach and also helping raise awareness of their brand to a new audience and market for them. Read more here.

If you own or work for a Southampton small business, or have any friends, family or other contacts who do, please get in touch with our Development Officer, Nick, on 07874 868 241 or email nick@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk.

We’re calling on businesses to do their bit for social action

We’re calling on businesses to do their bit for social action

We’re urging businesses in Southampton to do their bit for corporate social responsibility by working with us.

We offer regular scheduled phone calls to the isolated or vulnerable as part of our ‘Hello Southampton’ service run with Social Care in Action (SCiA) with support from Southampton University.

Our Manager, Annie Clewlow, said: “We are asking businesses in the city to offer their teams to volunteer for Hello Southampton through their corporate volunteering programmes.

“It would take businesses and employers to allow people to take a one-hour slot out of their day where they could check in with people who need support and do their bit for the local community, which is an extremely rewarding thing to do. It would be great to see Directors and Managers getting involved and leading from the front with this too.

“People living alone really benefit from a regular check-in. The idea of the service is to try to step in at a stage when there are minor difficulties, which, if left to progress, could become a major crisis.”

Volunteers are needed to support people who are lonely and isolated through mobility difficulties, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues or negative social circumstances.

Volunteer Linda Sharman, who worked in medical administration until recently, explains: “Although I didn’t do this through my place of work, it could work perfectly if it were on offer. Having a one-hour slot where I check in with the folk who need this support is easy to fit into a schedule and a lovely way to get involved with helping out in the local community.”

Our Hello Southampton telephone support service offers regular scheduled phone calls up to five times a week, Monday-Friday.

Calls are made on weekday mornings, so volunteers need to be available to sign up to a regular one-to-two-hour slot and need to have a computer or tablet with Wi-Fi access and their own phone.

Ricky Rossiter, Director of integrated services at SCiA said: “Hello Southampton not only offers a chance to help someone reduce that feeling of loneliness, but also offers a vital opportunity to check on someone’s wellbeing and having referred a number of our customers to the service, I can see the impact a service like this has on increasing people’s support network.”