Help­ing peo­ple stay in their homes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Uni­ver­sal Care in Bea­cons­field is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary by sup­port­ing 30 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties over 30 weeks from April 4 to Oc­to­ber 28. Each char­ity will re­ceive a cash do­na­tion and free use of Uni­ver­sal Care’s con­fer­ence room to use as it wishes dur­ing its al­lo­cated week. Each week, this pa­per will show­case one of the 30 char­i­ties. The 15th char­ity be­ing sup­ported is Voices and Choices which has the con­fer­ence room on Thursday July 14

VOICES and Choices is a new lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion which has been set up dur­ing the past year.

We will pro­vide a ser­vice to peo­ple who re­quire in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to help them find the prac­ti­cal ser­vices which will help them stay in their own home.

Our team of vol­un­teers will pro­vide tele­phone ad­vice or visit peo­ple in their own homes to help them find the ser­vice which meets their in­di­vid­ual needs.

This could be any­thing from find­ing a dec­o­ra­tor, plum­ber or gar­dener, to iden­ti­fy­ing a ser­vice which can walk the dogs or look af­ter the cat while the owner is in hospi­tal or on hol­i­day.

We are cur­rently com­pil­ing a web-based di­rec­tory of lo­cal ser­vices which will be ac­ces­si­ble to any­one us­ing a com­puter, or we can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion over the tele­phone if pre­ferred.

Printed in­for­ma­tion sheets and book­lets can be pro­vided if re­quired.

Our vis­it­ing vol­un­teers can pro­vide more as­sis­tance in help­ing some­one draw up de­scrip­tions of the ser­vice they re­quire, ad­ver­tis­ing the work through our own web­site and ad­dress, and even as­sist­ing in the in­ter­view process if re­quired.

We are com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure that peo­ple are sup­ported to make their own in­formed de­ci­sions.

We will also of­fer sup­port to peo­ple who re­quire help in mak­ing other im­por­tant de­ci­sions about their lives.

Work­ing with lo­cal pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions we will sup­port peo­ple to ac­cess fi­nan­cial ad­vice about is­sues such as eq­uity re­lease, or to make de­ci­sions about writ­ing wills, tak­ing out Last­ing Pow­ers of At­tor­ney, ad­vance de­ci­sions or ad­vance state­ments.

We are also pro­vid­ing com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy to peo­ple in our lo­cal­i­ties who need some­one to help them speak up for them­selves when talk­ing to fam­ily mem­bers or pro­fes­sion­als, or who may need to pre­pare for a visit to a CAB or the DWP.

We can go along to th­ese meet­ings if that is also re­quested by our clients.

Fi­nally we can of­fer a Peace of Mind ser­vice to fam­ily car­ers and mem­bers who live away from our clients.

We are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing this ser­vice but will of­fer a range of op­tions from a sub­scrip­tion to our news­let­ter through to a com­mit­ment to find help when a prac­ti­cal in­ci­dent oc­curs which will re­quire im­me­di­ate ac­cess to a lock­smith, a plum­ber, an elec­tri­cian etc.

Our vol­un­teers re­ceive in­duc­tion train­ing which is ac­cred­ited by the Open College Net­work.

They un­der­take DBS checks and re­ceive on-go­ing su­per­vi­sion and sup­port. They also have the op­por­tu­nity to meet for peer group dis­cus­sions and to ac­cess fur­ther train­ing as re­quired.

Our vol­un­teers pro­vide a qual­ity ser­vice but also have the op­por­tu­nity to make new friends and en­joy their role.

We are now looking for more vol­un­teers to help with the in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and ad­vo­cacy ser­vice and for vol­un­teer to as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of our web­based in­for­ma­tion ser­vices.

We are also looking to de­velop part­ner­ships with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, both pro­fes­sional ser­vices and other vol­un­tary and ser­vice providers who can help us de­liver our ser­vices to their own clients or contacts.

For in­for­ma­tion about vol­un­teer­ing or work­ing in part­ner­ship with us, please visit www.voic­e­sand­choices.org.uk or ring 07872 600 565.

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