News

Sue Geary Trustee

Welcome Sue Geary – New Trustee

We are delighted to announce that we have a new trustee as part of our board. Sue Geary joined Care Home Volunteers at the beginning of the month and we are delighted to have her on board. Sue is recently retired from a career in local government, initially as a librarian and a project manager…
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Chippenham Borough Lands

Thank You to Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

Brilliant news! We’ve been awarded £5,000 from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity to continue the fantastic work we are doing with training volunteers to become befrienders with residents in care homes. Thank you so much, this makes a massive difference to us. Find out more about Chippenham Borough Lands Charity on their website https://www.cblc.org.uk/

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Crabbit Old Women Poem

In 1966, a Scottish nurse named Phyllis McCormack wrote “Crabbit Old Woman,” a poem also known as “Look Closer” or “Open your Eyes.” The poem is a beautiful reminder that dignity extends throughout a person’s life, from infancy to old age. Our trustees Christine and Chris have recorded the poem as part of our volunteer training…
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Volunteer Ally

Hear from Care Home Volunteer Ally

We have a fantastic team of volunteers so take a read of Ally’s experience of being a volunteer befriender “I had thought about volunteering for a while and when I saw the advert in the Swindon Advertiser this looked like the perfect role for me. The organisation was new to Swindon so it was an opportunity to…
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Exciting News … We are recruiting for a Volunteer Coordinator in the West Wiltshire area

Exciting News … We are recruiting for a Volunteer Coordinator in the West Wiltshire area. We are looking for an experienced volunteer coordinator, with an interest in adult social care, who will initiate and develop our new project in west Wiltshire. The person will be responsible for the recruiting, training and support of volunteers in…
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The Captain Tom Foundation

#SirCaptainTomMoore has been so inspiring over the past few months and with his new foundation he will continue to make a difference in our communities. If you haven’t already watched this very powerful and emotional interview on BBC Breakfast take a look. The foundation have identified areas close to their hearts such as loneliness supporting…
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World Alzheimer's Day

World Alzheimers Day – 21st September 2020

Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay. Marked around the globe, it’s a time to raise awareness of dementia and the impact a diagnosis can have – on the person diagnosed, their family, friends, colleagues and carers. We’re encouraging everyone to start a conversation about dementia with those around them. We know it can be difficult, but talking about…
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Thanks to Volunteers from Recycling Technologies Swindon

Its great to be working with some fantastic volunteers at Recycling Technologies in Swindon who have been sending letters and postcards to residents in the Swindon and surrounding area. It means so much to the residents and we cant thank all the volunteers enough for bringing a smile when these get opened up …. Check Joe…
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Imagine Cruising Group – Donation to our Virtual Visits for Care Homes Campaign

Thank you so much to Imagine Cruising Group in Wootton Bassett for the very generous donation towards our Virtual Visits for Care Home Campaign. This donation has enabled us to purchase more tablets and support more residents connect with family and friends. Without all of your generous donations, many care home and residents would feel…
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Virtual Visits for Care Homes – Thank You

Over the past month we have received a fantastic response to our ‘Virtual Visits for Care Homes’ fundraising campaign and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this (not just monetary but by sharing this fundraising effort with people they know). Due to the pandemic, many residents have been unable to visit friends…
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An Exciting Time to Join Care Home Volunteers

We are a small charity with big ambitions and we are seeking a Chief Executive to share our vision, continue the journey and take on the role with passion, energy and commitment. We recruit, train and support volunteers to make one-to-one befriending visits to residents in care homes for older people, bringing conversation, joy and smiles, and reducing loneliness and isolation. We currently operate in Wiltshire and Swindon, but aim to have a national presence by 2025. It’s an exciting time to join a thriving charity and play a key part in growing our service. Click here for more information
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