Communicare in Southampton is a friendly, local charity that enriches the quality of life of lonely and isolated people in Southampton. Our committed volunteers act as good neighbours; they offer practical and emotional support in a variety of ways at no cost to the clients.
Befriending and regularly visiting those who are lonely or housebound in their own homes
Shopping for or with those who are elderly, unwell or disabled
Accompanying people out for a walk, out for coffee, to a favourite place or to a social gathering
Helping with DIY, decorating and domestic tasks around the house, as well as, gardening help, such as mowing the lawn, weeding and garden clearance
Providing transport to medical appointments and social engagements, where taxis and public transport are not an option
Helping young families support their children through play and practical help
Thanks to new CCG funding, we have been able to set up a new service to support vulnerable people, who have recently been discharged from hospital. Communiteers help with small ‘settling back home’ tasks, including shopping, light cleaning and checking people have enough to drink and eat, with the main purpose of reducing hospital re-admission.
Unfortunately Communicare cannot offer nursing, personal care or legal advice, and the availability of help is always dependent on the availability of our volunteers. We do aim to meet as many requests as we can.
I’ve worked for Communicare under several titles; Manager, Trustee and Development Officer in the East. I love to network and meet others working to help those in need. My main focus currently is to find ways to involve everyone in their own communities, in whatever way suits them.
I’ve been with Communicare since March 2016 and am the ‘Chief’ Volunteer Coordinator. I know all things clients and volunteers. I love putting together challenging quizzes for out tea parties.
I joined Communicare in 2012 after graduating with the OU in Business Studies. I love everything Communicare stands for – kindness, commitment and a passion to help others. I love feeding up the team with sweet treats and had a baby, Olivia, in September 2017 who is already a keen Communiteer!
My involvement with Communicare goes back a few years as my husband and I have volunteered previously. I am now delighted to be working with the team as a Volunteer Coordinator. I love to meet new people and to put order to administrative processes! I also enjoy making cards.
I first heard about Communicare through my other role as Chaplaincy Assistant for Older People in Southampton. I am excited to be involved as the newest Volunteer Coordinator on the team, meeting and helping people across the city.
I have recently started work with Communicare as Projects Leader, currently my main focus is on a new project called Hospital Homecoming where we will be supporting vulnerable people who have been discharged from hospital. To do this I will be working hard on creating small communities which will be called ‘patches’ in order to create good neighbourhood networks.
Having strong connections with Woolston, I was keen to get involved with Communicare when they opened their new office on the East side of the City in 2009. Despite leading two churches, I am actively involved in the running of Communicare and try to attend events where possible. I am also an avid lover of ‘Miles’ tea!
My passion for Communicare came out of a years’ sabbatical when I took a year out of work. I wanted to volunteer and Communicare resonated and captured my interest. After a year spent befriending a wide range of members of the community, I learned that giving time costs nothing but is priceless to those in need of it.
I originally became involved with Communicare by giving HR advice, having a background in HR through my Trade Union activities. Eventually I became a Trustee and am now heavily involved with recruitment and all HR issues. Photography is one of my passions, so I try to help Communicare with this where possible. I also enjoy being a Quiz Master, setting challenging and unusual questions for fundraising events.
I am particularly interested in what can be done to help reduce the scourge of loneliness in Southampton. I became a volunteer as a way to combat my own loneliness after my husband’s death from cancer. Communicare volunteers are generous and loving people and have restored my faith in human kindness. I would love to see an increase in volunteer numbers so we can help even more people.
I have been a strong Communicare supporter since working with them on a secondment year from John Lewis in 2006. Helping with a range of tasks, I have a good understanding of what it’s like to be a volunteer for Communicare and what is involved within the office. I have strong links with Highfield Church and also run my own kitchen design company. Asked to become a Trustee in 2016, I jumped at the opportunity to get more involved.
Since joining Communicare’s team staffing the newly established Woolston office in 2009, and helping match volunteers with service-users, I have undertaken many roles, from inducting new volunteers to weeding gardens. I am pleased to be a new recruit to the Trustees team, while remaining Communicare’s representative in the Woolston office once a week and being a hands-on volunteer whenever possible.