In April 2020, the ‘Wellbeing Friends’ project was established to support the lonely and isolated in the Slough community. Almost 18 months later, the project continues to thrive, with over 40 Wellbeing Friends calling 80 clients each week, with this number set to increase, as more and more referrals are received.
To celebrate the success of the project, Roxana, the Wellbeing Friends Coordinator at Slough CVS, organised a social at Britwell Community Centre for Wellbeing Friends to meet in person for the first time and enjoy a selection of delicious food.
Roxana, Wellbeing Friends Co-ordinator, Slough CVS said, “The volunteers have provided such a fantastic service for isolated residents during the pandemic. For many, these calls were the only contact a client would have during the week. The Wellbeing Friends have provided much needed support and have on occasions identified issues that needed referrals to other professionals including mental health issues, domestic violence and financial problems. They’ve also helped in other ways too, such as calling a GP on a client’s behalf.”
Prabha, a Wellbeing Friend said, “I have been volunteering on the project since the start and am enjoying it so much, seeing how the phone calls are making a difference to my client. The Get Together was a great idea and the first time we saw each other, not on Zoom but face-to-face. Thank you Roxana and the team of thinking of us.”
Email Yvette at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to become a Wellbeing Friend Volunteer.