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Home Visiting Programme
Working with a team of trained staff and volunteers, we visit vulnerable people living with enduring mental health challenges in their own homes in the New Forest and surrounding areas, relieving loneliness and doing what we can to help each live their best life. Through offering a hand of friendship and helping each with tasks which our clients may be struggling to manage, such as cooking, online access, budgeting, incoming mail, benefits, sorting and clearing, social interaction, and hobbies, lives can be enriched with kindness and compassion.
A Client Charge of £ 30 per calendar month is introduced, after an initial 3-month free trial period, to contribute towards the running costs of the Outreach Home Visiting Service. Hammersley Homes is a charity, reliant upon fundraising initiatives to support and expand our services sustainably. As a charity, we are keen to expand our Outreach Home Visiting Service to support more clients and to continue to raise awareness of the challenges faced by our client group. This charge may be waived if a client is unable to afford the charge. Please contact us for further details.
We are currently expanding this service to the Winchester and Basingstoke areas and plan to eventually extend this service beyond Hampshire and throughout the UK.
Telephone Support Programme
Our volunteers who provide this service, are not necessarily local, but can support our clients almost in the same way as our visiting volunteers can, providing friendship and taking on any simple tasks and dealing with things that might be a struggle for some people. They will go away and research issues that may be particularly challenging, and come back with suggestions. A simple phone call can brighten a day and provide much needed help and support.
Raff Davis – Head of Nursing & AHP’S (Mental Health), South West Division talks about Hammersley Homes
From a parent:" I am so pleased that Hammersley Homes Outreach Support is providing my son with some much needed company and social contact. Over the past couple of years he has become almost completely isolated relying entirely on support from me which is not easy now that I am getting older. He is not the easiest of people to deal with but I am hopeful that the Volunteers will continue to support him and hope that he will gradually feel able to do more with them. He looks forward to their visits and phone calls and it gives me a short but welcome break. "
From a client:"Thank you so much you're like an angel and tried to come in and help thank you so much like a guardian angel, I hope tomorrow is a better day thank-you for everything you have done for me xx"
From a client:"Thea phones me for half an hour every Wednesday and tries to keep the conversation going and pleasant. She keeps me up to date with the news. There is no television or radio or music at the flat. Books are not allowed.
Codie is warm and friendly and has a big family which she sometimes has to look after. She sees me for two hours on a Monday afternoon. We do colouring, tracing and play UNO. She sometimes has to stay at home. I have met your boss, Louise once. She has offered a game of UNO one Saturday afternoon."
From a client:"I'd just like to say thank you I think your absolutely wonderful it is so much appreciated for all your help and with the shopping I can't thank you enough! there are no words to describe, I am lost for words xx"
From a client:"Having someone around has improved my mental health, and made me feel stronger as a person. I feel like I have the confidence to go out and do things."
From a volunteer:"Being able to support Susan has been a pleasure and we have enjoyed going to the shops weekly. Susan said she is very grateful and happy that she has been able to receive this support - she said: “I have definitely benefited from these sessions, they make my life a bit easier. I don't mind if my supporter is male or female, I am just happy for the support."
From a volunteer:"I have lived with mental illness in my family all my life, that’s why I volunteered to help others who live with these conditions. Having this close contact with other sufferers has had a huge impact on my understanding of these conditions and changed the way I communicate with and respond to my own relation; it’s made a big difference and our relationship has improved enormously as a consequence. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, it’s taught me so much."