The Herald has been supporting an initiative to provide community help in the Valley:
Here’s the latest in the campaign:
Questions answer about trailblazing support service Sid Valley HELP answered
Deirdre Hounsom,Keith Gillanders,Peter McGanley and Di Fuller of Sid Valley Help.
“SVH provides free and confidential information and advice on health and care support services for Sid Valley residents who are ill, lonely or in life changing circumstances. We also support other health and care support groups through networks and training. People at our networks have come up with lots of ideas of how to reduce loneliness in the Sid Valley. All of these ideas require volunteers to help organise things. Sometimes people don’t want to commit to the same day or time each week, but would like to help in some way. Occasional support is still very welcome.
Could you help us with fundraising? Or organising a social event for lonely people? Or putting up posters or making tea? All of these things need to be done to support the volunteers who do the face to face work and befriending. Some people may like to take more responsibility than others.
What sort of volunteering is there?
• Supporting our current information and advice sessions.
• Helping at ‘pop up’ advice sessions
• Joining a fundraising group
• Visiting/befriending with us for under 60s or with Independent Age for over 60s
• Running/helping at monthly tea/coffee sessions
• Running/ helping a board games afternoon once a month
• Helping with administration
• Joining Friends of SVH to respond when called upon for things like street collecting, fetes, leaflet drops, teas at events, and whatever we haven’t thought of.
Visit sidvalleyhelp.org.uk or call 01395 892011/ 07378 964521 for more information or to donate. Alternatively, visit the Leigh Brown Room, at the Dissenters Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm.