Happy@Home during COVID-19

Happy@Home Northampton will accept referrals for both Home and telephone befriending and also any applications or interest from potential telephone volunteers. 

So if you know of either a lonely person or a possible volunteer befriender please let us know.

Volunteers' Week 2021

A time to say thanks: Recognising the contribution of volunteers to communities during coronavirus Volunteers.

You can view and listen to stories from our very own volunteers by clicking on the images below.

Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.

Be Happy@Home, targeting isolation to increase wellbeing

Over 2 million people in the UK aged 75 and over live on their own. 

Happy@Home gives the opportunity for an elderly person to socialise in a  supportive environment and to create new memories and share old ones.

We recruit, support and train volunteer befrienders to visit an elderly person who feels lonely. By developing this friendship, it builds up confidence and wellbeing, helping them to stay in their own home and feel less lonely. Also enabling them to access information and services they would otherwise find difficult to reach.

The Happy@Home project is now running in Northampton having been  successful in  Daventry District and South Northants. 

To be eligible for the project, referrals are considered for anyone aged 60 and over and who live within West Northants, covering Daventry, South Northants and Northampton.

The project cannot run without volunteers to befriend the above, so with an hour a week you could make a huge difference to someone’s life.  Volunteers could also help put together events, by baking cakes, serving teas and coffees and setting up rooms and to help find information and spread the word in the local communities. 

Volunteers will also experience increased confidence, build on their skills and wellbeing and will feel more involved within their local community.  You would be DBS checked and over 18 for the befriender role.

The Happy@Home project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is delivered in partnership with Daventry Volunteer Centre.

For more information on being a Happy@Home client or volunteer please click on the relevant icon below to download the information booklets.

                            

 

If you are interested in volunteering with Happy@Home, click here to download the volunteering application form.

If you are a partner agency and would like to refer someone to be involved with Happy@Home, click here to download the referral form. 

 

For more information on the project contact:

Debbie Larkins on 07718651631 or email happyathome@voluntaryimpact.org.uk

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