Lisa recently spoke at a Volunteering Forum on the 20th April at Hendon Town Hall to 30 care home managers and other professionals. She spoke about her recent initiative which was agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board to provide volunteers with language skills day or night into care homes and other organisations. Lisa identified this need through her Care Quality Commission inspection visits to care homes.
As our population grows and becomes more diverse, some care home residents cannot speak English (even if they did speak it before they were diagnosed with Dementia). They may not be receiving the right care because care staff are unable to understand their needs. This affects mostly dementia sufferers as they revert back to their mother language. The need is far greater at night when care staff in care homes are reduced. Lisa is delighted that Volunteering Barnet will now be able to provide specialist volunteers with language skills to help in care homes.
If you are interested and would like to volunteer please either go to http://www.volunteeringbarnet.org.uk/about-us
or telephone: 0300 365 9960
10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)