Volunteers sought to help people feeling isolated following the pandemic
Community Resource is inviting people to get involved in volunteering to help isolated people become more active.
Community Resource has over 50 people volunteering for projects including supporting people with hearing and sight loss, helping out at dementia support groups, providing support at the charity’s fitness events and acting as representatives for people in care homes who are deprived of their liberty.
They are keen to hear from those who would be interested in accompanying people who are feeling isolated as a result of the pandemic and need some motivation, support or encouragement to get involved in activities.
Sue Chalk, Head of Service at Community Resource, said: “As we all continue to get back to some sort of normality following the past two years, there are people across the county who are struggling to reconnect with outside world and continue to stay isolated in their homes.
“You may be newly retired, have just moved to the area or would simply like to support your local community. If you have some spare time, think you could help and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.”
Activities that volunteers will go along to may include exercise classes, walking groups or yoga classes.
Sue added that the charity doesn’t have set criteria for the amount time someone needs to be available to volunteer. She said: “Your involvement could be an hour a week or it could be more, depending on how much time you have to spare and how involved you would like to become.”
To find out more and express your interest, please contact Community Resource on 01743 360641.
Community Resource dementia support group welcomes High Sheriff
A Market Drayton social group for people with dementia has received a visit from the High Sheriff of Shropshire.
Selina Graham met with members of the Care and Share group, which is run by Community Resource.
The meeting was part of an official tour of Market Drayton which also included Fordhall Farm, Alexandra Road Junior School and Mencap.
Care and Share offers a warm and welcoming place to socialise, make new friends and take respite for family carers and family members with mild to moderate dementia.
Mrs Graham was greeted by Sue Chalk, Head of Service at Community Resource, and Session Facilitator Sarah Sweeney, who talked through how the group operates and the benefits the meet ups bring to the members.
Mrs Graham said: “My father suffered from dementia, so I empathise greatly with those who are caring for and living with dementia sufferers. I know that it can be a very lonely place, and it is wonderful to meet charities and volunteers who step in to make a difference.”
There are currently four Care and Share groups across Shropshire: Albrighton, Church Stretton, Market Drayton and Shrewsbury. Members come together locally on the first and third Tuesday of the month and take part in activities including quizzes, reminiscing, gentle exercise, crafts and listening to speakers.
Sue Chalk said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the High Sheriff of Shropshire and share with her the benefits of Care and Share, which include bringing people together who are in similar circumstances so they can offer each other mutual support and friendship.
“We’re always keen to hear from anyone interested in joining Care and Share so if you would like to find out more about one of our groups please get in touch.”
For more information on Care and Share, please contact Community Resource – 01743 360641 / firstname.lastname@example.org