We also met up with Rev Sandra Prudom, who together with Glenys Brown (both pictured right) work with Christchurch Community Partnership on the Christchurch Angels project. Christchurch Angels is a group of volunteers helping people to reconnect with their local community after a stroke, bereavement or time in hospital etc.
Christchurch Angels currently have 28 volunteers who help take people shopping, go out for a coffee, find the right support group/lunch club /art class, etc. Sandra explained that carers are a growing group of people that Christchurch Angels support. They can provide respite care for your loved ones so you can take time to look after yourself.
"Often the assistance The Angels provide is something that cannot be provided by health care professionals, yet can be something that provides a fundamental difference in comfort and wellbeing."
Christchurch Angels is able to offer people 3 months of support, with some flexibility, and they're always looking for more volunteers - you can apply here. Anyone can refer to Christchurch Angels, GP's, social workers, voluntary sector groups, friends and neighbours.
During our week in Christchurch, we gathered feedback on support for people who are homeless, the lack of local respite care, problems getting GP appointments since the local surgeries' merger, transport and young people's mental health services.