Over a quarter of the Island's residents are over 65, and this is set to increase. Not surprisingly, admissions to care homes on the Isle of Wight are significantly higher than the England average. Research shows that older people in care homes are twice as likely to feel severely lonely as older people living at home.
That's why we are raising up an army of volunteers to spend time and build friendship with residents across the Island. We know that volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of the people they visit. Volunteers usually spend an hour a week visiting residents and do a range of activities with them, from simply chatting, to helping with IT skills, to playing games, reading aloud, accompanying a resident on a walk - the list is endless!
At the moment we are focussing on the following areas on the Isle of Wight, but if you live in a different area please do not be put off, as there are care homes across the Island: Bembridge, Ryde, Newport, Freshwater, Sandown and Shanklin.
Having matched our first cohort of volunteers with care homes across the Island we have had to temporarily put the brakes on due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are still keen to support care homes on the Island and have helped set up the Wight Mask Ask with a group of concerned residents. The idea is to get PPE equipment to care staff in care homes and the community, to help protect them and the vulnerable residents they serve. For more information click on the button below.