Let's Make A Change
Here are some ways you can help our cause:
Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust needs volunteers of all ages to help run its many activities.
Are you inspired to help at our breakfast clubs, galas, Christmas dinner deliveries or be an invaluable fundraising wizard?
Volunteers are vital to keep our activities going and there are plenty of ways in which you could help us out a the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust and we will provide you with any training that will help you carry out your duties.
Whatever time you can commit you would be part of a friendly, welcoming team. You will have fun, feel like you are making a difference in someone's life and have something amazing to put on your CV.
We also welcome students on work placement and companies looking for team building challenges in the community.
Interested? Get in touch via the "Contact us" form.
Start a conversation
It's not always easy to know who or how to help. A good start is simply to stop and talk to an elderly neighbour if you pass them on the street.
If you think an older person may have trouble hearing or has memory problems, make sure to speak clearly (but don't shout!).
Pause between sentences and questions to give them chance to digest the information. And allow a little extra time for them to respond – don't hurry them.
Or join a "befriending" schemes for isolated elderly people, that rely on volunteers for one-to-one contact as a telephone "buddy", visitor or driver, or hosting social events for groups.
Offer practical help
Do you know an older person who lives alone, rarely leaves the house, has recently suffered a bereavement, is in poor health, disabled, has sight or hearing loss, or doesn't seem to have close family living nearby?
Ask them if they need any help with tasks such as shopping, posting letters, picking up prescriptions and medicines, or dog-walking. taking out the rubbish, changing light bulbs, fastening sash windows, clearing snow off the path, putting up
pictures, and so on.
Older, isolated people often need a hand cooking for themselves, so why not take round an extra plate of hot home-cooked food, or a frozen portion they can heat up or microwave?
As well as being practical, it's a nice way to share your time with a neighbour.
Try to provide the meal in a container that you don't need back – it's hard work for both of you to keep track of serving bowls.