The Neighbours project brings Oakhaven patients together with volunteers who visit them in their own homes, offering companionship and support.
Our Neighbours mostly provide company, but can also help out with small tasks such as dog walking, gardening, driving patients to appointments or taking them out. This service also benefits carers, allowing them to take a little time for themselves while the Neighbour is with their loved one.
We currently have 15 Volunteer Neighbours and have received over 120 referrals since the program began in 2013. In 2015, our Volunteer Neighbours spent over a thousand hours with their assigned patients.
What people say about our Neighbours:
“Our Neighbour has been such a great support to us. She comes twice a week rain or shine to sit with my wife, and I don’t know what we would do without her.” – Carer
“Thank you so much for sending the Oakhaven Neighbour. My father loves to talk about the war, and both he and the Neighbour are interested in history, which is lovely for him. He appreciates having another man around, since his carers are all women.” – Carer