Several organisations such as the Whitchurch Welfare Trust and NeighbourCare have been supporting the town for many years and have established networks and contacts. Others such as the new informal Whitchurch (Hants) Community Support Group are more recent – in fact formed just over a week ago. Many others such as the Methodist Church work with a Food Bank while others organise Lunch Clubs and outings for the more vulnerable. There are others too.
But one that sits a little under the radar is the All Hallows Pastoral Visiting Service.
IF YOU NEED FRIENDSHIP OR A CHAT PLEASE CONTACT THEM
Here is their message:
“All Hallows in Whitchurch operates a Pastoral Visiting Service. Although at the moment it would perhaps be better to think of us as a “social contact team”.
“We are a team of trained volunteers who normally visit people in their homes to provide care in our community and social contact. During the current COVID-19 outbreak we have switched to providing social contact by other means, mostly phone calls, but text and email is also being used.
“At its heart, pastoral visiting is just a very simple idea; we offer friendship and a chat to support those who would like it.
“All our volunteers are trained in safeguarding and pastoral support. We are DBS checked for this role. We are a part of the All Hallows team under the direction of the Rev. David Roche.
“For the next few weeks at least we will all be living under the new lockdown guidance. If you feel anxious or alone and isolated and would like someone to chat to from time to time then please get in touch. We have a longer leaflet explaining what we do which I can email if you would like.”
If you would like to find out more, arrange some calls or just get in touch then please contact:
Alison & Andrew Ricketts.
Phone: 07485 110747