Mind in Bradford

Community Companions is a pilot project to tackle isolation and depression in the over-65s.
Community Companions are volunteers who will visit you, spend quality time with you and help you find any local activities or extra support you may need.
Initially they will come to see you at home and support you to access any local community programmes you may wish to attend.
It currently runs in Baildon, but is launching in City in April 2020 (across 7 areas in Bradford).
Many people are struggling with depression across Bradford and rates of depression are increasing among over-65s. Being housebound and other factors such as poor mobility, hearing and vision problems can lead to loneliness and depression, which reduces quality of life.
Social isolation can lead to people losing interest or pleasure in doing things; feelings of guilt or low self-worth; disturbed sleep or appetite; low energy and poor concentration.
Mind in Bradford is running the project in partnership with the Bradford Districts CCG and Muslim Health Service.

Information for volunteers

Community Companions are our volunteers who will go out and then make regular visits to a person aged 65+ who is lonely. You will spend quality time with them, offering one-to-one support and helping them to access local services.

It currently runs in Baildon, but is launching in City in April 2020 (across 7 areas in Bradford).

If you can spare an hour a week to provide one-to-one visits, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Volunteers will receive full training, a DBS check and support from Mind in Bradford throughout and can claim their travel expenses.

Contact

Mind In Bradford
Mind In Bradford
Kenburgh House
28 Manor Row
West Yorkshire
BD1 4QU

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