PenPal scheme - writing to Carers

To help combat loneliness and isolation for unpaid Carers. To write to Carers to give them something to look forward to each month. Some carers prefer the written word to emails, texts and video-calls. Would you like to be matched to a carer who would then exchange hand-written letters with you once a month… using good old-fashioned pen, paper and The Post Office?! This service might provide support at a time of loneliness, or it could simply provide a much-needed wellbeing boost (to both carer and volunteer!) Each PenPal Volunteer is provided with a stationery pack (including pen, writing paper and freepost envelopes) upon completion of training, so your involvement will cost you nothing but your time. The Volunteer Hub administer the freepost re-direction, so that the addresses for both you and the carer are kept confidential and un-shared. Y
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Fortnightly, Monthly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Write to a Carer each month and post their letters (to a Freepost address). You are free to write about whatever you feel is appropriate (weather, TV, events, poetry, books, sport, etc, etc) and your communications will remain private (unless a safeguarding concern is raised).

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Happy to write a short to medium length letter each month.

Areas of Interest: Community, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Older people, Social care, Social Welfare, Women
Opportunity suitable for: 16-17 year olds, Employee Volunteers, From your office, Groups, Indoor, Older people, People seeking work, People with restricted mobility, University students, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Mentoring, Virtual Volunteering
Skills gained in this role: Creativity, Listening, Reading and writing
Home based opportunity? Yes
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Carers Hub - Rochdale
Organisation Profile: The Carers’ Hub Rochdale provides a single point of access for all Carers including both young and adult Carers in the borough. The Hub exists to ensure that Carers of all ages have access to information, advice and a wide range of support services. These support services are designed to help Carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and to reduce the impact the caring role can have on a Carers own health and wellbeing. Support can include: Support from a dedicated Carers support worker specialised in fields such as young Carers support, mental health, dementia and ethnicity for example. A dedicated Carers support worker will get to know you and understand your needs as a Carer. They will also work with you to create a support plan to meet your individual needs. This could include: 1-2-1 or group based support Peer support Support to take a break including access to a volunteer sitting in service where a volunteer is matched with the person you care for to provide you with a short break from your caring role Information, advice and guidance Support to access community, health and wellbeing services Access to activities, training and much more.