Jul 6 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday
NEW funding has enabled a popular charity to extend its services into Stirling’s rural areas.
The cash has helped WRVS secure employment for new full time members of staff who will coordinate and manage the services from their office base in Stirling.
The existing Community Transport and Good Neighbours service, which allows older people to book volunteer transport, for a variety of purposes, will be extended to Callander, Killin and the eastern villages of Cowie, Plean and Fallin for the very first time.
Volunteers using their own cars, will provide transport for older people who may want to attend medical appointments, shopping or visit a lunch club or other social events.
In addition, WRVS will also be launching a new Home From Hospital Service aimed at offering practical assistance, to older people aged 75-plus specifically and initially, with little or no support at home.
The period immediately following discharge from hospital can be a difficult time for anyone but especially an older person, who may be more vulnerable at this time and take time to fully recover.
Glenda McWatt, local service manager for WRVS Community Projects, said: “Our Home from Hospital service is designed to assist older people immediately following the discharge period for up to four-six weeks, with practical things like shopping, transport to follow up hospital or medical appointments or just to provide some much needed support and company during the recuperation period.
“It is anticipated at the end of the six week period, clients will be able to access the community transport and good neighbours' service should they require access to transport.”
She added: “In order to deliver these services efficiently and effectively, WRVS will be embarking on an immediate volunteer recruitment campaign.
“We would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in volunteering for these very rewarding and worthwhile roles. We are particularly keen to hear from people who live in the mentioned areas but not specifically. Please contact us to find out how you can help older people in your area.”
For further information on the volunteering opportunities available, as well as the WRVS service currently available to older people within the Stirling Council area please contact either Jennifer Kaney - Local Service Coordinator - Community Support Services (Community Transport & Good Neighbours, telephone 01786 450750 or send an email Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org; or Katie McGeachie - Local Service Coordinator - Home From Hospital , telephone 01786 450762 or email Katie.email@example.com.