Local charity Care Network Cambridgeshire is operating a project called Community Navigators to help older people in Doddington and other surrounding villages.
The charity currently has Community Navigators operating successfully in Whittlesey, Chatteris and various villages, but is looking to expand to cover all Fenland towns and villages.
Community Navigators are local volunteers who know what is going on in their local area and can help guide older people to activities or services which they would enjoy or find useful, helping that to remain independent.
It only requires a few hours a month, and full training and support will be provided to give you the skills and confidence to carry out the role.
To find out more or if you, or someone you know, would like a Community Navigator to talk to you about what might be available in your area, then get in touch with local coordinator Tim Barzycki by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (07436 809266) to have an informal chat about the role.
Alternatively, you can visit your local Community Navigator at Doddington Court, down Benwick Road, on Wednesday afternoons.
To help give you an idea of how Community Navigators help, here is an example:
Mrs C is 92 years old and she had to go into hospital for an operation. When she returned home she was not as confident at getting out and about as she used to be, especially in the winter weather, and she gradually became isolated and barely left the house.
Mrs C was put in touch with Care Network and a local Community Navigator got in touch with her to talk about activities and services that might be available.
Because Mrs C has acquired hearing loss, the Community Navigator put Mrs C in touch with the local Deaf Association. Mrs C is now getting regular visits from someone who understands her situation and needs. Together they have been taking trips out, and gradually Mrs C has regained her confidence and is once again visiting her local shops and seeing people she used to know.
– Tim Lince