Meet Becca, our carers’ befriending line volunteer responder
Oxford Health’s new befriending line for carers has been operational for just a week, and our volunteer responders have already noticed that it is very much needed.
Volunteer Becca Cheetham, from Didcot, had her first call on Friday last week and the carer she spoke to was “just happy to have someone to talk to.”
“It is clear COVID has made things difficult for carers. Many feel that there’s just no respite,” Becca says.
“In the beginning there was perhaps a ‘honeymoon period’, but the pandemic and social isolation has now gone on for so long. Carers may experience an intense amount of contact with the person they care for but can be lonely and isolated from others, and people are feeling that increasingly now,” she notes.
Oxford Heath’s befriending line is here to alleviate precisely that. T
If people recognise they are a carer, it opens up the doors to the that they have for help and support they may need, such as the carers assessment
The continuation of the Befriending Line will depend on the funding available – but also on the need for such a service. So, the best way to support its longevity is to give 01865 901012 a call!
Apart from volunteering, Becca’s spring has been packed full of change. Since leaving her career as a business manager, she now works full time at her own company Siendo, which she has been steadily growing over the last few years. Through her business, Becca provides Mental Health First Aid training, wellbeing talks and development coaching, and is looking forward to completing her training as a yoga teacher this summer. Alongside that, she is also starting a new role as a mental health support worker at Oxford Health, and looks forward to continuing with her volunteering role on the carers’ befriending line.
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Published: 11 June 2020