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Volunteers Week 2020

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Time to celebrate our Volunteers!

Volunteers week, a week to celebrate our valued volunteers!

Our volunteers are incredibly enthusastic and commited - they make such a difference in our community and to our charity.

Every single volunteer makes a huge impact on Carers in Bedfordshire. We now have 100 volunteers, giving their time in so many ways; Admin, Activity helper, Ambassadors, grant panels and dementia befrienders to name only a few ways that volunteers contribute to helping to support as many carers as possible.

This Volunteers Week we want to say Thank you to all of our volunteers! We miss you! And we know that you are itching to get back to volunteering with us.

We'd like to pay tribute to these volunteers who are still able to volunteer for us during the lockdown.

martin walker

Martin

Martin is one of our IT volunteers who can help you with your laptop, phone or tablet – very important these days. It doesn’t matter how basic your query is. He would normally see individual carers at the library in Leighton Buzzard. He has already helped a couple of people who want to go online or don’t know how to get on zoom. He can still help you over the phone so why not email him and see what he can do for you? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

pam johnson

Pam

If you are registered with us as a carer, you might get a phone call from Pam. She is one of our friendly volunteers who makes calls to carers to make sure we have your up to date details - she'll check whether your caring situation has changed and whether you could do with a call from one of our support workers.

Pam normally also volunteers at the Bedford Hospital Carers Lounge and is missing that very much!

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Lesley

Lesley is one of our senior administrative volunteers, coming in to the Bedford office once a week; she is still taking minutes of Board meetings under lockdown (all online of course). If you have applied for a discount card, it'll be the lovely Lesley who makes up your card and sends it out to you.

To apply for a discount card, visit this page on our website.

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Hanna

Hanna, together with Chris and Veronica, volunteers to offer counselling to carers over the phone or online. Carers are finding this valuable whilst face to face counselling can’t take place. Plus at the moment there is no waiting list! All the volunteer counsellors are supervised and work within strict guidelines. If you would like to find out if this type of counselling could benefit you, visit our counselling webpage or contact our counselling co-ordinator on 0300 111 1919 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This service is for carers who are registered with Carers in Bedfordshire. We can advise you how to apply for a carers grant to cover the cost of the counsellingwith Carers

peter lambert

Peter

You would normally find Peter in the Bedford office on a Tuesday morning taking up his duty on the Memory Navigation Service. These days he is doing that for us from home. He says that the carers or people with memory problems appreciate the call especially under the lockdown. Thank you, Peter, for keeping people in touch.

marion muirhead

Marion

Marion came to us a couple of years ago as an Early Responder, but now also volunteers for the Memory Navigation Service. She recently signed up too as a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy group volunteer. Under lockdown, she and two other volunteers have been enthusiastically compiling material for the activity packs that are sent out to people with memory loss and dementia to work through with a family member. These packs have been an important resource for families and we couldn’t have created them each week without the support of volunteers.

If you would like to join our volunteer team please take a look at our volunteering pages

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