James retired to the coast years ago and has since lost his wife, who he misses desperately. Although he manages well at home he experiences loneliness due to his bereavement. His mobility is also reduced which means he can’t easily get out and about. Neighbours are kind and look out for James, but he has few visitors otherwise, leaving him socially isolated.
Step in CARM!
After a visit from one of our co-ordinators it was clear James would benefit from a weekly visitor, preferably someone who could share his love of wildlife, and dancing.
A match was made with a lady volunteer who amazingly had a similar childhood on a dairy farm. Needless to say the pair have hit it off. Visits involve chatting and sharing photos of farming days, and going out into the garden to feed the squirrels. James says of the visits ‘my volunteer comes here to relax!’
When an opportunity came up the co-ordinator was able to signpost James to an organisation who as a one-off gave him a hamper at Christmastime. He was delighted with the hamper and delighted with CARM for providing such a good friend!
The word ‘loneliness’ expresses the pain of being alone