Celebrating Befriending Week 2021

Solihull Carers are celebrating two events this week, between 1st to 7th November. Firstly, to celebrate and raise awareness of Befriending in the local community of Solihull Borough and secondly, to celebrate ‘Trustee’ week for the commitment and contribution of their trustees, who make important decisions on the charity’s work. Carers Trust and Eastcote Retirement Village have come together this week to say ‘thank you’ to their volunteers by putting on a tasty Afternoon Tea. Befrienders, Trustees, Carers Trust Coordinators and carers receiving the service came along to enjoy the full experience in the newly built premises on Knowle Road, Eascote. Here they provide deluxe retirement apartments and a first-class care home. With a wealth of superior facilities on-hand for relaxation and entertainment, plus an abundance of vibrant culture nearby – there is plenty to explore and enjoy at Eastcote Park.

Ben Dalgetty from Eastcote and Emma Hunter from Carers Trust thought it would be a great way of joining forces to support carers and their cared for in their transition, for dementia, respite and private residents. 

Befriending will continue to be needed as a way of decreasing loneliness and social isolation by providing a source of connection and community and has been more prevalent during the recent pandemic. Solihull carers’ volunteers have been supporting unpaid carers with over 100 hours of telephone support in the last 12 months and have seen an increase in carers needing the service. 

Not forgetting Trustees are also volunteers. Being a trustee involves taking on significant responsibilities and time commitments and the role is almost always unpaid. Trustees Week is a fantastic opportunity to thank trustees for the work that they do.

As a final touch, for those carers that couldn’t attend due to their caring responsibilities, Eastcote provided a boxed tea and hand-delivered sandwiches, cream scones and cake to homes across the Borough which were met with big smiles and a lot of gratitude. 

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