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Volunteers needed for Crossroads Caring for Carers Home from Home scheme
9:00am Sunday 21st October 2012 in News
Kind-hearted people are needed to share their home for people who struggle to get out.
Carers charity Crossroads, in Manor Point, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, started the home from home scheme to help combat boredom.
May Clews, who entertains people in her house in Borehamwood twice a week, said signing up to the project was the “best thing I could have done”.
Angela Wheater, 85, visits Mrs Clews twice a week.
The retired British Heart Foundation worker said: “My favourite thing is to play dominos here. I have been visiting May since June and I absolutely love it here. She takes good care of us.
“There is never a dull moment around here. This has given me the opportunity to make friends in a comfortable environment.”
Her friend Florence Magaden, who also visits Mrs Clews, said: “I feel really happy here, it is so much fun. I really enjoy socialising.
“We can play games, watch television or do puzzles – whatever we feel like doing. I think this is a great scheme.”
Volunteers will need to give up at least six hours a day to welcome people into their homes, as well as cook them lunch.
They will also be responsible for creating activities for the day, such as quizzes and arts and crafts.
People wanting to sign up and share their home will be fully trained by a support worker.
Mrs Clews said: “Anyone is eligible to to be home sharer within reason. People wanting to come to the homes can join to, as long as they can walk by themselves there is no age limit
“We do tonnes of activities – they love bringing in photos of their families and talking about them.
“It is so nice to see the way their eyes light up when they are here. That is my favourite part of it.”
To sign up for the scheme or for information on how to take part, contact Crossroads Caring for Carers.