CARM’s mission is to support older people living on the Romney Marsh, South Ashford and Tenterden and its surrounding rural areas who are socially isolated. Through this support we aim, to improve people’s wellbeing, to help people remain independent for longer and to enhance the quality of the rural communities where we operate.
To combat loneliness and isolation, CARM offers face-face and tele-befriending, group reminiscence, Drop in Coffee morning (Meeting Points), advise, signposting and volunteering opportunities. www.carmromneymarsh.org.uk
Meeting Points, originally conceived as weekly ‘coffee mornings’ are led by volunteers and a coordinator. In pubs and village halls, members enjoy a cuppa, a chat, a speaker, followed by a raffle to support enrichment activities. Speakers including Community Wardens, Hi Kent and Citizens Advice Bureau, etc. give relevant information and advice.
The Befriending service targets housebound people including those with early stage dementia with a “one-to-one’ service weekly home visit; a few receive telephone calls. Some 100 volunteers deliver the service.
The Reminiscence service is designed to trigger good memories, aid conversation and foster new friendships using music and props. Trained volunteers and two staff lead the group activity sessions in care settings.
CARM’s community and volunteer centred delivery model coupled with the use of local assets for meetings and offices at the Appledore Methodist church makes it a cost effective service.