15 January 2013
For immediate release Tuesday 15 January 2013
For further information Derek Masterton
Contact number 0141 891 4016 or 07818 457589
Just a little help can make a big difference
The British Red Cross is offering people in the Falkirk area the chance to be part of an exciting and valuable new service.
It is aimed at helping those aged over 65 regain their independence after a stay in hospital.
The organisation is looking for volunteers who can spare about six hours a week to give help to those who need it.
The Red Cross reablement service will involve tasks such as helping someone prepare light meals, collect prescriptions, travel by bus or train, visit their family and friends or even walk their dog.
Margaret-Anne MacMillan, Red Cross health and social care manager for the area, said: “Sometimes when people come home from hospital, all they need is a bit of help to get back to normal. Having someone on hand means they can return to the comfort of their own home sooner.
“This service is about helping people to do things for themselves, allowing them to retain their independence and live in their own home for as long as possible. It’s a chance to make a real difference to the lives of others.”
Under the reablement scheme, the Red Cross will offer short-term support for up to six weeks. At the end of the period, the service-user will be signposted – where appropriate – to community groups and the volunteer will be matched with a new person.
Volunteers will receive full training and no previous experience is needed.
Margaret-Anne added: “Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. Not only is it an opportunity to contribute something worthwhile to the community, it’s a chance to meet new people and have new experiences.
“Nobody wants to be in hospital for longer than they have to and this service will help avoid unnecessarily long stays. It will mean a great deal to many people.”
The Red Cross is holding an open day at its premises at Bradbury House, Grangemouth Road, Falkirk on Tuesday 22 January between 10am and 3pm for anyone interested in volunteering for the reablement service.
Red Cross staff will be on hand to answer any questions and explain exactly what is involved.
For more information on the work of the Red Cross in Scotland, visit www.redcross.org.uk Follow us @BRC_Scotland
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.