What is the Sitting Service?

The Sitting Service is offered to people who live and care for a dependant relative in their own home. A volunteer will sit with a loved one whilst their carer has a welcome break.

The Sitting Service is managed by St John’s Community Centre, a local charity with over 20 years experience in providing services for older people.

How can we help you?

We will match you to a suitable volunteer who will sit with your relative whilst you have a break. This could be for between 1 to 4 hours (more if this could be arranged).

Volunteers will have your contact details as to your whereabouts when you go out so you can be contacted at any time if the need arises.

Volunteers cannot help with practical tasks such as cleaning or gardening nor can they help with medication, personal care, financial or legal matters.

How does it work?

Our Sitting Service co-ordinator will visit you at home by appointment to discuss the needs and preferences of both you and your relative. Our volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life, so we’re sure there will be someone who will suit you both! All our volunteers have to supply references and undergo a Criminal Records Bureau Disclose (police check) before they are placed with clients.

How much does it cost?

£2 per hour (or part of an hour)

When will my volunteer visit?

We will try to match you with a suitable volunteer as quickly as possible, however depending on your requirements and the availability of volunteers in your area, this could take a few weeks.

The Sitting Service co-ordinator will bring the volunteer to your home for the first visit, after which your volunteer will contact you directly to arrange subsequent visits. Visits should take place at a time and day that is agreeable to both parties.

What if I’m not happy with the arrangements?

It is very important to us that you are happy with your sitting arrangement. If you are unhappy with any aspect of our service please contact us and we will do our best to put things right.