Volunteer Cornwall are running an exciting new befriending service to support adults living in Cornwall who have had a stroke.
The Stroke Befriending Service (commissioned by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) will match people who have had a stroke with trained befrienders who have also had a stroke and can offer support and encouragement.
Befrienders can visit people living with stroke at home, in a care home or in hospital (including specialist stroke units at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital, Bodmin Community Hospital and Mount Gould in Plymouth). The service is even available via email, phone or video call, meaning that people can speak to someone who understands, regardless of where they live in Cornwall.
Moira who is one of our valued Stroke Befrienders, said that when someone visited her who understood, it completely changed her life. It gave her hope and built her confidence, and she now runs her own stroke group. Moira is just one example of the life changing impact a service like this can have.
What skills do I need to be a Stroke Befriender?
We are looking for people who have experienced a stroke and would like to support someone else in their journey. You need to be friendly, patient and willing to share experiences as well as listen to their story. You can tell us when you are available and whether you would prefer to offer befriending to people in hospital, at home, in care homes, over the phone or online.
Click here for a detailed description of this rewarding role.
Or get in touch with our Stroke Befriending Co-ordinators who will be happy to help:
- Tel: 01872 266997
Who can receive Stroke Befriending?
Individuals living in Cornwall who:
- Would like to speak to a befriender
- Are over 18 years old
- Have a diagnosis of stroke (with or without communication difficulties)
- Are registered with a GP in Cornwall
How do I make a referral?
We can take referrals for the Stroke Befriending Service from:
- Health and social care professionals
- Family members and friends
- Charities and community groups
Please note that the person who would like a befriender must give consent for their details to be given to Volunteer Cornwall before a referral can be made.