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Evergreen Care Trust needs volunteers to become befrienders


A care trust is looking for more people to become ‘befrienders’ as the need increases.

Evergreen Care Trust currently looks after 600 members across Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, and among the services it offers, is the popular befriending service.

The trust, based at Stamford Hospital, currently has more than 60 volunteers, who act as befrienders.

They give an hour or two of their time each week, in order to build a meaningful friendship with lonely adults experiencing period of vulnerability in their lives.

Evergreen’s lead befriender Yvette Powell said: “We believe that committed friendships can be life transforming for those who are lonely and isolated. This requires long-term commitment and is mutually rewarding.

“ A regular visit, a cuppa and a chat, or a little outing is all it takes to make a difference. This could be as little as one hour a week.

“The benefits for both parties hugely outweigh the time taken to for fill this role.

“It’s incredibly rewarding, great fun and an opportunity to be part of a fantastic team.”

Anyone interested in Befriending and meeting other volunteers are invited to join the Evergreen team for a complimentary tea, coffee or soft drink on the first Thursday of every month between 6pm and 7pm at the Cosy Club in Sheep Market, Stamford.

Alternatively for an informal chat call Yvette Powell 01780 765900.

Other services Evergreen offers, include hospital to home, home support, communal lunches, hot and wholesome soup deliveries, advocacy and clean team.

Staff, in partnership with New College Stamford, also offer hand and nail pamper treatments and this week, they visited Priory Court Care Home.

For more, visit www.evergreencare.org.uk.


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