We support community and voluntary groups in Rushcliffe, from advice centres and lunch clubs to wildlife trusts and scout groups. We're here to help and inspire groups and organisations to get started and run professionally. We offer expert advice and assistance with training, fundraising and volunteering, as well as giving encouragement and moral support.
And because we believe in what these groups stand for, we endeavour to represent their views to those who make decisions affecting their work. To get a fuller picture, click on the Services, Projects and Volunteers tabs.
Rushcliffe Befriends aims to help people aged over 50 who are lonely and find it difficult to get out and about by matching them with a volunteer befriender, also aged over 50, who visits an individual in their home, provides company and supports them to participate in social, community and leisure activities of their choice.
The project now has a team of 12 volunteer befrienders, aged between 52 and 79 and living in Ruddington, Radcliffe, Keyworth, Bingham and West Bridgford. Reasons for volunteering are varied, but include
‘I want to enhance somebody’s life – give them joy, see them smile’
‘I want to give something back, to use skills I have acquired at work’
‘I want to meet new people and make friends‘
More befrienders are needed particularly in Bingham, Keyworth and Cotgrave.The befrienders, who have participated in induction training and undergone safety checks, have started to visit people (befriendees) who have expressed their loneliness and isolation in a number of ways:
‘I don’t see anyone apart from when I go to the supermarket each morning just to get out of the house‘
‘It’s so long since I did anything I don’t know what I like doing anymore’
‘I would like to have someone to chat to so I can feel like a human being again‘
Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service is a registered charity (number 1079880) and a company limited by guarantee (number 3867757), registered in England and Wales.