"Time for You" Sitting Service

Do You live with and care for someone?

Do you find it difficult to do the things that you need to do?

Do you find it hard to get out of the house?

Do you need someone to talk things through with?

Do you feel frustrated that your life has changed?

Could you sometimes just do with another pair of hands, a friendly face and a listening ear?

The Bolton Carers Support “Time for You” Sitting Service may well be of help to you.

How does the service work? 

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 you to have a break from your caring role and the person you care for.  

Time for you is a free service run by volunteers to offer you a short break.

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. 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. 

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

How do I access the service?

You could be referred by a healthcare professional or you can ring us up to register with Bolton Carers Support and refer yourself.

When is the service available?

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.

It may be once a week or once a fortnight

How soon will I receive support?

We will contact you soon after your referral has been made to arrange a home visit.

We will come to discuss the service and your expectations.

Then as we recruit more volunteers you will be matched with a suitable 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. 

Interested in volunteering?

To run the sitting service, we need volunteers so if you fancy volunteering and have the time then we would love to find out how we can help you.  It maybe that another role may work better for you if you feel making a regular commitment would be unlikely so get in touch for a chat.

For further information please contact our Carers Helpline on 01204 363056 or email laurent@boltoncarersupport.co.uk


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