Volunteering was the first of Bikur Cholim’s projects and remains at the heart of the organisation. Our work with the most vulnerable members of the community supports the evidence that social isolation presents serious risks to health and wellbeing.
Bikur Cholim’s volunteer coordinators recruit, train and support our growing team of volunteers and manage our volunteer project. This includes:
- Visitors to sick and older people at home and in hospital.
- Accompaniment on hospital appointments and treatments for older people, people with learning disabilities or language difficulties, or those who simply wish for a hand to hold or shoulder to lean on.
- Volunteers to provide respite to main carers so that they can get some time off.
- Volunteers to entertain young children undergoing treatment including play activities, arts and crafts and storytelling.
- A befriending service.
- A mental health volunteer service specifically for people with mental health problems. The project encourages service users to enjoy a social life in the community. With the introduction of this service the mental health project has taken on a new dimension. For many, friendships and social inclusion have complemented their medical intervention and have been instrumental in the recovery process.
Volunteer Newsletter February 2015