Karis BeFriends

Karis BeFriends was founded in 1999 when a local GPs practice identified that many of their patient’s needs could not be supported or helped by their medical practitioners. Karis Befriends looks to support the Elderly community here in Birmingham.

What is Karis BeFriends?

Karis BeFriends support the Elderly community across the Harborne, Ladywood and Edgbaston areas of Birmingham.

The older people Karis support are often at the end of their lives and over time they have become isolated due to deteriorating health or it may be because their family have moved away or adjusting to life after losing their partner has been difficult. Not having someone to call on for simple everyday problems can make life very difficult. Karis BeFriends looks at reconnecting older people with their local community.

Karis BeFriends look to offer friendship and connection through visiting people in their homes. A group of Project workers get to know people out in the community and then introduce them to volunteers who will go out and visit regularly to provide companionship and help where needed.

Karis BeFriends also provide a weekly “befriending group” that brings people together and gives them chance to build new friendships, get to know other older people and volunteers. Every few months Karis also host a big afternoon tea that features in the video.

Karis also try and help in practical ways, helping people get out to appointments, providing advocacy where there are issues that need resolving, and enabling people to follow their interests and hobbies, ensuring the health and wellbeing of Elderly people in the Birmingham community.

If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

Karis BeFriends would like to host a Christmas party for up to 80 older people, funding will be put towards Christmas cards and invites, transport to and from the party for guests and quiz prizes because who doesn’t enjoy a good Quiz at a party, we know we do!

Funding will also help pay for 100 gift bags to distribute to the older people who won’t be able to attend the party. Tis the season to give and spread the love!

Where can people go to find out more about Karis BeFriends?

Harry Naylor

Email: harry.naylor@karisneighbourscheme.org

Tel: 0121 455 7524

You can find out more about Karis BeFriends by visiting their website. You can also follow Karis BeFriends on Facebook.

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