Volunteering changes lives: how can you help?

By Ben Fitzgerald - 16 August 2019

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The Live Well Hub at Swindon Borough Council is striving to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local people and needs volunteers with empathy and patience to help.

Can you help with any of the following projects?

Swindon Circles:  A befriending scheme for people who are unable to leave their home and experience the anguish of isolation. A cuppa, a chat and a growing friendship brings so much pleasure to someone who is desperately lonely. Volunteer Sandra visits 98-year-old Mary and said: “When I visit Mary, her eyes light up, it makes me feel needed and I know I’m an important part of her life.”

Local Heroes: This is about volunteering when you can, from a couple of hours a month to a couple of days every six months. Volunteers may be packing boxes for someone with arthritis in their hands one week and accompanying an elderly person to town on the bus the next. 

Volunteers can turn challenges into possibilities for local people.

 Active and Inclusive Ability Sports: This is an inclusive scheme running activity sessions for those with disabilities and learning difficulties. Volunteers help with sessions including ice skating, cycling, trampolining, and wheelchair basketball. You don’t have to be sporty; all you need is the ability to help others enjoy a physical activity. Check out the Disability Sport website to see how you could help: www.disabilitysportswindon.co.uk

Forget Me Not Cakes: is aimed at all of Swindon’s fabulous cake bakers. 

Volunteers bake birthday cakes for isolated local people and homeless, young people living in Swindon hostels, some of whom have never received a birthday cake before.

The Swindon Big Knit: is a volunteer project for knitters and those who want to learn to knit. Squares are knitted then sewn into blankets and clothing for homeless people, rough sleepers and the women’s refuge. 

If you would like to find out more please contact the Livewell Hub on 01793 465513

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