"Time for You" Sitting Service

How the service works

The Bolton “Time for You” sitting service is a new service which, with the help of volunteers, provides practical and emotional help for carers and enables them to have a break from their caring role and the person you care for.

You may choose to spend time alone at home, attend an appointment, take up an activity or meet with friends or family. The choice and time are yours.

“Time for You” provides:

  • a short break service for carers in Bolton
  • a free service provided by volunteers
  • volunteers supported and managed by Bolton Carers Support
  • you a 2/3-hour break on a regular basis – usually weekly or fortnightly.
  • carefully matched volunteers with the carer and cared for person

Our volunteers:

  • have gone through a robust recruitment and selection process
  • have received a comprehensive induction
  • have received training prior to placement
  • Undergo supervision and additional training
  • can provide companionship, support, and general assistance that would normally be provided by the carer.
  • Will visit on a regular basis at an agreed time
  • Will sit with the person you care for so that you can take a short break
  • Can give you the chance to talk to someone different
  • DO NOT DO any personal care, nursing care or lifting
  • DO NOT replace the duties carried out by the statutory services.

The scheme offers companionship and support to you or the person you care for. It is a great way to reduce isolation and loneliness.

As well as giving you time to take a break the person you care for can benefit from spending time with someone different.

The service is available regularly or occasionally for anything from one to three hours, between 9 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon during the week. This will be agreed after an assessment has taken place with the project worker.

We will need to carry out an assessment in your own home before you can use the sitting service. We will aim to meet your needs and match you with a suitable volunteer. This may include checks made by social services or the mental health trust.

We will also seek to ensure that you are offered an up to date carer’s assessment to look at all your caring needs.

For further information please contact our Carers Helpline on 01204 363056

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