We have a team of volunteers who may be able to help with small practical tasks such as:
- escorting people to their GP or hospital appointment
- accompanying an older person to the local library, shops or cafe.
- small gardening jobs
- help with showing you how to use your mobile phone or computer
Practical Help and Befriending Case Study
"I called Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham to ask if there was a volunteer who might be able to accompany me on a hospital appointment. I am mobile, however, find getting my way around a hospital and making sure I have the right paperwork confusing. It was at very short notice and luckily somebody was available. I have had a follow-up appointment and the same volunteer came with me, she also called me to remind me to follow up on matters relating to the appointment. Her help was so useful.
Through my contact with Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham, I have learned more about the befriending scheme and have been matched with a lovely young new Mum and her delightful baby son. It’s a nice walk from her home to mine and she has said she enjoys getting out and having somewhere to go and chat where the baby is welcome. My grandchildren have grown up and live out of London, so it's lovely making a new friend and having a little one around.
My befriender has also taken me out for a coffee in her car, somewhere I would never have been able to get to on public transport. This change of scenery was enjoyed by all of us!"