Thursday, 22 September 2016

We're looking for volunteers to support our Herts Neighbours Service which provides emotional and practical support to families coping with a life-limiting illness.

Due to its success, the Herts Neighbours Service has now been extended to offer further support to patients for their physical needs, in their own homes,which will further help them to increase their independence and quality of life.

In June 2015 we launched the Herts Neighbours Project and, after a successful year, the project has nowbecome a core community service. The service relies on volunteers who are trained and supported by the Hospice to take on a range of roles and tasks, such as: befriending, chatting, companionship; accompanying individuals to hospital and GP appointments; helping with errands; and assisting with keeping in touch with distant relatives and friends.

Marie Hunt, from Hemel Hempstead, who has volunteered with the service since November 2015,said: "When I started volunteering with Roy he used to avoid hospital appointments and was feeling low. He now lets me take him toappointments and he's become more sociable. He's got a new lease of life. I'm delighted that I've been able to support Roy and it's hugely rewarding to give something back and to help others in our community."

Speaking about the role of volunteers, Amy Launders, Herts Neighbours Project Coordinator, said: "For those facing life-limiting illnesses, and their families, there are so many things to think about. An extra pair of hands to help really does make a difference. To provide our expanded service we need more volunteers and we'd urge anyone interested to get in touch as soon as possible."

More than 50 patients from across Hertsmere, Dacorum, Watford and Three Rivershave been supported by the Herts Neighbours Service since it started.

To find out more about the service and to become a Herts Neighbours volunteer visit the Herts Neighbours Service page or call 01923 330330 or email info@hertsneighbours.org.uk