Friendship at the heart of new Nightingale House home service

A Hospice outreach programme is planning to use the power of friendship to ensure that people facing life-limiting illness within the Coedpoeth area maintain vital links within their community. Operated by Nightingale House in partnership with residents of the Coedpoeth community, the scheme will officially launch in March this year.

The team’s aim is to provide an opportunity for anyone feeling isolated or alone because of ill-health or caring responsibilities to have someone to talk to in the comfort of their own home and to alleviate the stress and strain that can often go hand-in-hand with poor health for either individuals or their families. As well as directing the person to a raft of support and services throughout North East Wales, Nightingale House will support the setting up of community led befriending volunteers to offer simple comforts that can make a huge difference and the charity are calling for residents to get involved to help make the project a success.

“We know people want to be in their own homes for as long as possible and by combining the expertise and compassion of the Nightingale House staff and community volunteers, we are committed to making that happen,” said Tracy Livingstone, Director of Clinical Innovation and Governance at Nightingale House.

“The volunteers will establish a link between the individual and their community and help to provide the regular contact and support that is found in Nightingale House but in the comfort and privacy of their own home. And, as we know it’s often the simple tasks that make a huge impact.

“Whether it’s phoning them on a regular basis, popping in for a chat, accompanying them to the shops or simply sitting and discussing what is happening in the village, it’s the little things that can make a world of difference and reduce a lot of pressure and stress.”

“We very much hope that local residents will sign up to the project and join us as a befriender volunteer to bring empathy, compassion and the desire to make a real difference to people with life-limiting illness within the Coedpoeth area.

“Volunteers for the Community Befriending Project will receive full training on key aspects of the role but the service can be adapted to meet unique local needs”

Residents interested in volunteering for the Befriending Project are invited to join Nightingale House at the Plas Pentwyn Community Resource Centre, Castle Road, Coedpoeth on Wednesday 1st March where, they can find out more about the scheme and sample the famous Caffi Cwtch, Bara Brith.

Alternatively, residents can contact Tracy Livingstone on: tracy.livingstone@nightingalehouse.co.uk