The Ripon and Rural Wellbeing Service provides emotional support and reassurance to local older people through regular one-to-one home visits.
By taking time to get to know our clients, our three part-time support workers help people to maintain their wellbeing, provide information and advice and signpost to additional support agencies.
This work is complemented by a dedicated team of 14 volunteer befrienders who offer regular social visits to clients, providing them with company and a friendly listening ear. The volunteers are matched with clients, taking into account mutual interests, so that both parties benefit from this social contact.
Not only do our volunteers act as a social lifeline for many clients who rarely leave the home, they also keep a regular check on the clients and can flag up any causes for concern, such as deterioration in health, with our support workers.
The service also runs regular lunch clubs in Grantley, Ripon and Masham which offer welcome social contact. Guests are provided with a hot home-cooked meal and have the opportunity to meet up with friends old and new. The lunch club diners also enjoy outings to nearby places of interest. Transport may be available on request. Please contact Helen Flynn on 01765 645915 for more information.
Where: Maple Creek
When: Every Friday 11.45am – 1pm
Where: Mechanics Institute
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday 11.45am – 1pm
Where: Fountains School
When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays 12pm-1pm (term time only)
For more information or to make a referral to the service please call 01765 645915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender for the Ripon & Rural Wellbeing Service.