The charity we have chosen to support this year is the RVS. Money raised from our partnership will help fund their North Somerset Good Neighbours service.
This service provides a regular volunteer to visit an older person a couple of times a week to help with shopping, attending medical appointments, preparing a hot meal, getting out to a lunch club or to meet friends and of course friendly company and conversation.
It is a true lifeline for older people experiencing isolation and loneliness in the area and support from Cosyfeet will help keep this vital service running until March 2017 whilst the RVS seek future funding. Each week their 70 wonderful local volunteers help 68 older people to stay connected to their community and supported at home. Demand is very high for the service across Somerset and the RVS are currently looking to expand their reach across the county.
All the services are delivered by volunteers and managed and co-ordinated by Royal Voluntary Service staff. Volunteers are already generously giving up their time to help so shouldn’t be out of pocket. Our support will help cover volunteer’s expenses such as petrol costs, help the charity to professionally co-ordinate and manage the services it provides, to run their Day Centres and provide lunch clubs and group activities, to recruit and train more volunteers and promote their services so that they can help even more people.
Cosyfeet’s support will help bring warmth and smiles to older people in North Somerset each week – helping the RVS take housebound people on trips to meet up with friends, support older people who have to come home from hospital to an empty house and help them send a friendly face to older people who are alone.