AFC Bournemouth is keen to highlight the excellent work of its charity partner PramaLife which continues to provide support to older people and carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The PramaLife FOCUS befriending and mentoring scheme is available to carers.
It gives them someone to talk to regularly, either on the telephone or face to face. This could be a mentor who is an experienced carer.
The initiative provides an opportunity to talk things through with someone and have a bit of a breather from caring duties.
PramaLife understands being a carer can be isolating and they can offer friendship and support to help them feel less alone.
A mentor can help if you are new to caring or if your caring role changes. They can offer guidance, provide useful information and advice or their personal experience.
All PramaLife mentors have been carers and are available at any point while you are caring.
A befriender can meet in person or chat on the phone to offer friendship and a listening ear. They will keep in regular contact, as much or as little as the carer would like.
For more information on the befriending and mentoring scheme, contact the PramaLife team on 01202 207329.
All calls are treated confidentially and if they aren’t the right solution for you, they will try their best to signpost you to other support or help.
PramaLife also operates a friendship line for people who are feeling lonely or a little out of sorts.
They have a team of volunteers, who are all local people, who would be happy to chat, listen or talk about what’s on your mind.
The friendship line is on 01202 022987 and is open every day of the week between 10am and 7pm.
Meanwhile, PramaLife is looking for volunteers to offer support for carers and to those who are lonely and isolated in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area.