An appeal for more volunteers has gone out from a local charity which urgently needs extra staff to maintain its care service.
Care in Mann, established in 1988, provides all-Island support for the sick, handicapped or those going through stressful situations.
It supports existing statutory welfare services, providing practical help such as for those needing short term help for shopping, collecting prescriptions, visiting sick relatives, transportation to doctors and to hospital appointments where the volunteer will, if requested and appropriate, stay with the patient during their consultation.
Care in Mann is particularly appealing for people to help man its 24-hour telephone service. Michael Lewin, of Care in Mann, said, “We are in particular need of volunteers to answer the telephone and allocate work to the other various volunteers where there is a need.”
Care in Mann undertakes more than 1,000 tasks each year and has found the workload is constantly increasing.
Michael Lewin added, “We want to stress that the work is not onerous and anyone who can spare even just one day a month will help alleviate the situation.”
Anyone who feels they might be able to spare even just a small amount of their time is asked to contact Care in Mann’s normal telephone number on 628500 for an informal brief chat.