Millom Community ‘Rally Round’ to help each other
Published: 30th March 2016
The Millom Alliance and Better Care Together are launching a new and exciting community project called CHAIN which aims to bring together all of the brilliant volunteers in the community and link them up with people who need a helping hand.
CHAIN stands for Community Help and Information Network which is a cost free service that coordinates volunteers to help their fellow community members with anything from mowing a lawn to doing their shopping.
CHAIN utilises a system called Rally Round which is a free online service which makes it easy for friends and family to come together and help a loved one stay safe and well at home. This tool can be useful in a number of settings for example if a member of the community is balancing work and care and is struggling to take time off to transport a relative to regular doctor’s appointments Rally Round would let them arrange this from the office and others can deliver on the ground.
Karen Jackson-Smith from Millom Health Action Group is helping to coordinate CHAIN and said: “Doing the shopping, getting out and about, and attending appointments are things that most of us take for granted. If someone in the community has a relative or neighbour who would benefit from some support they can contact us at CHAIN so we can help them to set up a safe and secure Rally Round account.
“This then allows selected individuals to discuss and undertake tasks to help the person it has been created around.”
Additionally Rally Round supports unpaid and informal carers by helping them share their caring ‘load’ with other trusted family members, friends, neighbours, volunteers or paid workers involved in the caring situation.
Jenny Brumby from Millom Health Action Group helped to create CHAIN and said: “We are very lucky to have so many fantastic volunteers in the Millom Area. We want to support them and also encourage people of all ages to donate as little or as much of their time to help our community.”
Rally Round is being piloted within Millom and if successful could be rolled out into other areas. Find out more by visiting rallyroundme.com/millom and watching the short introductory film.
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