Fareham Good Neighbours is a voluntary organisation working under the umbrella of Churches Together in Fareham and affiliated to Community Action Fareham
Imagine that you are unable to leave your home unaided because of a disability. Then imagine that your relatives and friends live a long way off and each day apart from a quick visit by a carer and maybe meals on wheels, you see no one to talk to all day long. How lonely and isolated you would be! This is the situation for many hundreds of people living in Fareham today.
Fareham Good Neighbours aims to alleviate the loneliness of people who live alone and are unable to readily leave their homes for social contact. This is achieved by our volunteers agreeing to visit such a person on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly) to talk with them, keep them company, listen to them and when appropriate be a friendly person to help them through difficulties (typically with understanding correspondence or situations or where to seek help).
Our group covers the whole of Fareham Borough from Portchester to Warsash and Wickham to Hill Head (another group covers Stubbington Village and Hill Head).
Our volunteers do not provide care, nor shopping, gardening, cleaning nor transport but are there to be a friendly contact with our clients. Each volunteer is assigned to one (or two) people and unless circumstances change, they stay with that person.
A few of our volunteers take their client out for social outings, such as shopping or to a garden centre for coffee. This very much depends on their own circumstances and the abilities of their client.
2016 was the seventh year that FGN has worked closely with Community Action Fareham to provide a Christmas Day lunch for people who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day.
We are always in need of more volunteers and we try to ensure that a volunteer visits someone who lives near to them. It’s not a huge commitment but it makes a big difference to those we befriend.
Please pray for the befrienders and the befriended.
To find out more go to Fareham Good Neighbours