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Volunteer Visitor Service
The Volunteer Visitor service provides reliable, practical and social support to patients and clients in their own homes.
Volunteer support can range from help with shopping, light household tasks, and accompanying you to appointments, to simply being there and listening.
The service is the only one of its kind in the Harrogate district and is open to anyone over 18 years of age who is living with terminal illness, bereavement, as well as supporting people with their mental health. You do not need to have any prior connection with Saint Michael’s to be referred for support.
All volunteer visitors are fully trained and are supported by a range of Saint Michael's community specialists, including our occupational therapist, social worker, physiotherapist, and specialist MND practitioner..
This support also allows carers to take a valuable break, helping to reduce the strain and helping them to feel confident that they can continue their caring role for as long as possible.
All of Saint Michael's volunteers are supervised by members of the patient care team and are thoroughly checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The volunteer visitor role does not include any personal care, clinical care or domestic duties and is not designed to replace any professional carer function.
You can be referred by any healthcare professional, or refer yourself, by letter, email or telephone. Once referred, we will arrange a home visit so that we can assess how the service is able to meet your needs.
You can refer via email at email@example.com or contact the service manager on (01423) 814 480.
Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire - extra support available
Saint Michael's is also able to offer support to ex-forces personnel over the age of 65, through the volunteer visitor service as well as being able to offer emotional wellbeing or bereavement support, as part of a county-wise initiative, called Ex-Forces North Yorkshire. This project provides a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older former members of the armed forces and enabling them to lead fuller lives.