There are many benefits to taking part in the Hand in Hand scheme. Examples include helping you or those who have been referred to the scheme to:
- Get out and about: Helping you to get out and about in the community, which will help to keep you active and healthier
- Make friendships: Supporting you to meet new people and make new local connections, which will reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Remain independent: Supporting you to make more of your own choices, and to remain independent for longer
- Be financially secure: Putting you in touch with the right people to help you feel financially secure, supported and independent
- Be more tech-savvy: Assisting you to stay connected in this digital age, pointing you towards practical help, and helping you to learn more about technology
- Feel safer: Guiding you towards organisations and those who can make you feel safer in your home and whilst out and about in the city.
There are many ways that St John’s Hand in Hand can support people. Contact your GP or our Hand in Hand team on 01962 827795 to find out more.
Befriending and Signposting
Volunteers will support you to improve your wellbeing and quality of life, acting as a friendly helping hand.
To support the service, we have created an online directory of local activities, groups and services for older people living in Winchester.
Our volunteers will use the directory and will point you in the right direction towards an individual or group that is best placed to help you. This is also known as ‘signposting’. You can read more about our Hand in Hand volunteers here.
St John’s Hand in Hand is a free service.