Companionship is vital for everyone. Maintaining social connections can help ward off depression as one ages.
The MSH @ Home Companionship Programme is aimed at older people who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness, specially those from the LGBTQI community. Our focus is on those living in the Queen’s Park, Paddington and Earl’s Court areas, in particular those living with long term conditions, including HIV/AIDs.
Companionship has shown to help:
- Improve overall health, include boosting the immune system and cardiovascular health.
- Release stress reducing hormones.
- Enhance nutrition and digestion, regulating the body’s blood sugar levels.
- Lift self-esteem.
- Decrease the length of hospital stays.
Each Companion will:
- Be an undergraduate, post graduate or young working professional.
- Be able to give a minimum of four hours per week to fulfill their Companion role.
- Be willing to attend a half day selection process and provide two character references.
- Be willing to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check.
- Be willing to attend a half day induction programme and on-going monthly group supervision session (1.5hrs).
- Want to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live, study and/or work.
We believe that care is a conversation, let’s start by saying hello.