What do we do?
Saltstone Caring offers a free befriending service to the lonely and isolated of all ages, providing companionship and support to the housebound.
Who refers a client?
Sometimes a person refers themselves. Referrals can be made by statutory authorities, however, frequently a referral comes from a concerned neighbour, friend or relative.
What does a referrer do?
The referrer completes a referral form . When we receive this, we normally contact the potential client and arrange to visit. The visit is to assess the client’s needs in more detail.
What happens next?
Once we have a clear understanding of what is required we shall either:
- Arrange a further visit with the client, together with carefully matched volunteer, to make introductions. At this point the client and volunteer decide upon a convenient day and time for visits to commence.
- If the type of support is not what Saltstone Caring can offer, we endeavour where possible to provide information on other organisations or services that may be suitable.
Are we good at what we do?
Saltstone Caring has been in existence since 2006. The fact that is operational and in demand in challenging times is proof of its value and efficacy.
How do you know?
We invite you to look at our page of testimonials . Over the years, Saltstone Caring has received many messages of heart felt thanks from clients, their families, friends and neighbours. Saltstone Caring is currently undergoing improvement to measure success more effectively in order to attract regular funding streams.
Do we charge for the service we offer?
We don’t make a formal charge for our service. However we do ask for a donation to help with our costs if possible. For example, this could be a small contribution towards travelling expenses of our volunteers, although of course we accept donations of all sizes!
We are a charity and have to constantly raise money to continue our worthwhile work. Any donations can be passed to a volunteer (who passes it on to the organisation) or sent to the Saltstone office. Donations are now accepted online.
This can include visiting someone at home for a cup of tea and a chat; going out for a drive/cup of tea, an assisted Walk, help with socialising, help facilitate links to local clubs, organisations and services for older persons provided by the local Leisure Centre; help in building confidence and widening social activities.
Our volunteers are happy to undertake dog walking when they visit. If more regular dog walking is required the Cinnamon Trust may be able to help, however we do have a small pool of volunteer dog walkers, though support in this area is limited.
To NON MEDICAL appointments such as the hairdressers, social events, banks, groups and clubs.
Our volunteer will spend time with a client while his or her carer has a break.
Providing information on other useful services. Sometimes we can’t offer all the support someone needs, so we help by finding someone who can.
We’ll take a client shopping, or collect a list and do the shopping if preferred.