We have continued to recruit well using mainly social and local media to raise awareness of our work. This is starting to give us a much better spread of volunteers across the region and is enabling us to start developing our Elderly At Home service in new areas.
A well timed article in the Middlesborough Gazette over the New Year resulted in a substantial level of interest in the Tees Valley; 88 new applications in 48 hours! Amazing!. This is starting to give us a much better spread of volunteers across the region and is enabling us to start developing our Elderly At Home service in new areas.
The people who ask us to visit are older dog lovers who desperately miss company and the love of a dog. In most cases they never thought they would find themselves without a furry face to kiss or a silky head to stroke.
Whilst 180 volunteers sounds like a lot, when you look at how they're spread across the 12 Unitary Authorities of the North East you can see why so many more are needed.
People are waiting who really don't have the time. Just an hour or two of your week is all it takes to make a world of difference to someone else's life. If you know anyone who has a lovely dog and room in their heart, please ask them to apply online now, they won't regret it.
It changes all the time but right now we are desperately short of volunteers for our Elderly at Home service in Newcastle and Sunderland and we have care homes waiting right across the region.