As part of Assist Teignbridge Volunteer Centre, we provide support for those in the community who experience difficulties with day-to-day living because of their limited mobility, frailty, and/or sensory problems. Our volunteers enable them to engage in activities they would otherwise be unable to enjoy.
Tasks undertaken include visiting housebound people at home, reading mail, dog walking, gardening, wheelchair escorting, accompanying to local exercise sessions, and supporting people on hospital appointments, shopping trips, and on excursions where support is needed, eg for those with mobility and/or visual impairment.
Our Community Support befrienders help to relieve social isolation and provide friendship for members of the community with little or no close family contact who have difficulty getting out of the house. The volunteers' support can help to maintain the independence of individuals in the community for as long as possible and prevent isolation and associated deterioration in physical and mental health.
Trained volunteers can also undertake benefits checks for people aged 65+ and assist clients to identify and claim their entitlements.
If you need help or advice, just call. We may have the information or service you need or we can signpost to other sources of support.
The office is manned Monday to Friday, except when staff are out on visits. Please leave your name and number on our answerphone and we will get back to you as soon as we can.