Tackling isolation and supporting independent living

Happy@Home helps to reduce the feelings of isolation in elderly residents across West Northamptonshire, enabling them to remain living independently in their own homes.

This is done through befriending where a local volunteer will make regular on-going visits to an older person in the district. Volunteers and elderly people are matched through the scheme and get to know each other through visits, building friendships, support and reducing social isolation.

For some elderly people the volunteers may be the only people they meet each week at the beginning of their involvement.

The befriending is also complemented by a series of Happy@Home events throughout the year around Daventry District, which bring together people at the risk of social isolation.

If there is someone that you know that may benefit from a referral, or for more information on the project, visits and availability please contact Nicola via email or telephoning 01327 300614.

Get Involved

Volunteers are key the project as they visit our older residents in their own homes and take them information about services in their local area.

The project also recruits volunteers for social events which bring isolated older people together.

Below are a few ways you can help out Happy@Home. If any of the below interest or inspire you do get in touch and check out our Getting Started page.

A Happy At Home Befriender provides friendship to an elderly person who finds themselves isolated from the local community.

This involves a weekly visit to someone in the community at their home and introducing them to our information pack with leaflets which direct them to local activities and resources. It’s a great chance to sit, have a cuppa and a chat where they are the focus for conversation, initially you are likely to be the only person they see in a week.

To help tackle isolation in older people in our area, Happy at Home run a range of different events from our New Street Centre base and beyond.

We are always looking for helpful and creative people to help bake cakes, set up rooms, help on-the-day running and come up with ideas for future events.

We provide full training, induction and on-going support in all roles with us. We also operate an ‘open door’ policy which means we’ll always be there to assist you and answer any questions.

From time to time there will also be further ways you can volunteer for Happy@Home posted here. We also welcome any new ideas on how you can contribute to the project.

Help fundraise

You can also help continue and grow the Happy@Home befriending service and activity schedule by fundraising. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in raising funds for the project, either through one-off sales and events or something more long-term to help establish networks with businesses and other funders.

Fundraising is a vital part of the project and you would be playing a large role in helping older people stay living independently in the Daventry District. For more information please do read the information below and get in touch with us to discuss further.

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Useful Resources

If you are thinking of volunteering, a current volunteer or would like to refer someone to Happy@Home the following resources may be helpful:

Further information about befriending can also be found on the Befriending Networks website.