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.
Regular contact with the same volunteer, due to Covid-19 currently mostly through phone calls
Shopping for or with those who are frail, unwell or disabled
Accompanying people out for a walk, out for coffee, to a favourite place or to a social gathering (in all cases adhering to Covid-19 restrictions)
Helping with DIY, decorating, as well as gardening help, such as mowing the lawn, weeding and garden tidying
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.
This new telephone support service offers regular scheduled phone calls up to five times a week (Monday-Friday) to isolated or vulnerable people. Our team of Communiteers make calls to check on clients’ wellbeing and have a quick chat, providing reassurance and a friendly ear.
We are delighted to have lead on setting up a mental health network, with the aim of bring individuals and organisations across the City together, united by the vision to “make Southampton a mental health friendly City”. Membership is open to any individual or organisation wishing to become involved.
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.
Hi, I’m Chloe and I first heard about Communicare when I volunteered at the Haven Lunch Club. I previously worked for Communicare as the Southampton Mental Health Network Administrator, and am super excited to be working for them full time and joining the team on many of their fantastic projects!
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!
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 our tea parties.
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 have a keen interest in self development and helping others so naturally working with Communicare’s volunteers and clients is a step in the right direction for me. In my previous role I had correspondence with Communicare and I was very impressed with the services they provide so I’m really pleased to be part of the team.
I have a passion for volunteering, having helped out with various organisations and charities for over 19 years. I love to network and meet new people, and I enjoy attending the Communicare events.
I am delighted to have joined Communicare as a Coordinator. It is lovely to be part of the friendly team and learning what goes into facilitating the various activities. I am a keen runner so I hope to meet some of the wonderful runners who fundraise for Communicare in due course!
I have volunteered with Communicare for some years and am excited to join the team as a Coordinator. I enjoy crafts, baking, sports and walking with my dogs. I will be helping to process referrals and shopping requests.
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.