This is Patricia.
She's just one of the people over retirement age who make up a quarter of the population of Derbyshire. Now, although this is excellent news in terms of longevity, it also means an increasingly isolated and physically restricted community in need of help. Recent national and local government cuts have only ensured this situation has worsened, and the voluntary and charity sectors have been tasked with picking up the shortfall in services.
Unfortunately, despite our 15 years of successful service delivery, our budgets are also being cut.
The Safe & Sound project has been founded by the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Volunteer Centre to be an 'on-demand' trusted friend service, providing volunteers to carry out importnat one-off tasks - such as a lift to a doctor's appointment, moving an item of furniture or even just changing a light bulb.
Providing urgent or emergency care is a serious business, and this project enables us to support people like at their most frightened and vulnerable.
People like Jean Talbot, who told us:
“Being an only child with a physical disability meant that removing the bed myself was an almost impossible task. I was very concerned about the situation and considered cancelling the order – the service you provided took a great weight off my mind – thank you so much!”
The need for this service is proven by the calls and refrerrals we now receive every day, and the positive impact it has on the lives of our clients is obvious from the glowing feedback.
But, naturally, a project such as this requires funds if it is to survive and thrive. We're very grateful to our wonderful volunteers who give up their valuable time for free. Nevertheless, we cannot reach people in need without a buget for administration, safety checks, transport and outreach activities - hence this appeal on Crowdfunder.
Rest assured, every penny you pledge will go towards the continuation, expansion and future success of Safe & Sound.
We'll leave you with the words of May Clarke, a longtime service-user:
“It is a great relief to know that The Volunteer Centre and its caring members exist, as I don’t know what we would have done without their support. This is a worthy project that needs to continue in order to assist the forgotten minorities…”