Community Strength is an important new service that will provide community-based support from Community Navigator volunteers to prevent and reduce social isolation throughout West Berkshire.
It will encourage people of all ages to look after themselves, live independently and have a good quality of life. It will also support individuals’ mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Community Navigators will help and support people to become part of their local community through community activities and by making new friends and networks. We want the person to feel confident to do things for themselves and encourage them to do things that will help them feel better and stay active for longer. This will help them to stay in their own homes for longer and keep them safe and well.
Community Navigators are well trained volunteers with a good local knowledge and a clear understanding of what is going on in their local community.
Become a Community Navigator Volunteer in Your Area
Become a Community Navigator Volunteer in your local area. You can give as much or as little time as you have. We are looking for people with the right attitude and qualities. You must have friendly nature and good listening skills with the ability to connect with a range of people.
Please see the full Community Navigator role description.
What does it involve?
Community Navigators will be matched with a resident and will need to get to know them to understand their likes and dislikes and find out what they think will help them. This can be done over the phone or safely in person, perhaps over a cuppa.
Once you know a bit more about the person, you can find out what is going on in their local community that they may like to take part in and support them to do this. This could be helping them to sign up to a group or going with them to a community activity to give them the confidence to attend on their own in future.
We want them to make new friends and build a network of support in their own community and it will be your role to help them to find the things that they enjoy and help them to feel better.
How to apply to volunteer
Please complete the Eight Bells volunteer online application form here
Accessing the Service
The service will support adults who are at risk of loneliness and isolation, who have long term medical conditions, who experience mental ill health or have a physical or learning disability.
If you think you need this type of help, you can complete an online Client Referral Form
If you know someone who might need this type of help you can complete the online referral form on their behalf but you should ask their permission first.
You could also get in touch by email email@example.com or call us for an informal chat on 07985 404 302. If you have difficulty completing forms online, give us a call and we can help you.
To Find Out More
To find out more or for an informal chat contact Andrea, the Community Strength Coordinator on 07985 404 302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org