We work in partnership with Wetherby Young Offenders Institute to provide a grass cutting service for older people who find it difficult to maintain their lawns.
For an annual fee of £25, your grass will be cut every four to five weeks during the growing season, weather permitting.
The gardeners are all young offenders who have been risk assessed, are trained in horticulture and are working towards other qualifications.
The Children in Need supported scheme helps to improve relationships between young and older people and is greatly valued by those who use this service.
The scheme was granted a ‘Connecting Communities Award’ for the impact it has made.
Our transport scheme helps older people to meet friends and access activities and events.
It involves a pool of trusted drivers giving lifts for people who might have difficulty using other types of transport.
We are able to accommodate fold-up rollators or walking sticks, but unfortunately can’t take wheelchairs.
This is a volunteer led scheme and we’re always looking for people who can spare time to help older people in this way.
For more information about the scheme or to become a volunteer driver, please contact us:
Our befriending service matches an isolated older or vulnerable person living alone with a volunteer who gives up their time to regularly provide friendly conversation and companionship.
Where possible, matches are made based on shared interests and both parties living in the same area. Once a befriending match has been made, each person is introduced in the company of one of our coordinators.
Volunteers come from all walks of life and are asked to commit to a minimum of one hour a week involving dropping in for a cup of tea and a chat.
We know from experience that the experience can be hugely beneficial for both parties. For an older person, regular social interaction helps to break their feeling of isolation and helps to make them feel a part of the community. For the volunteer, the visits are often satisfying and enjoyable and are an opportunity to meet someone new and hear about their stories and experiences.
It was Friday and I was the first person he’d seen all week – there was a sparkle in his eyes when I left as he loves to talk and my visits make a world of difference.
For more information, please contact us on:
Being a befriender for WiSE does wonders for my self-esteem. I’ve made a true friend and we share lots of laughter, stories and life experiences together.
Send a Smile scheme
SEND A SMILE to share love and happiness with an older person in your area
Our ‘Send A Smile’ scheme helps to cut feelings of isolation and loneliness by asking people to spare 10 minutes to send an older person some handmade post.
It couldn’t be easier to get involved.
Step one: make a card, draw a picture or write a letter to make an older person smile (keep text large if you can)
Step two: add a message – and your name if you want (but no personal details please), pop it in an envelope and send it to us using the address below*
Step three: sit back and relax knowing your message will be forwarded on to an isolated, older person in your area
Send your post to:
Send a Smile Scheme
Wetherby in Support of the Elderly
The One Stop Centre
If you are an older person and would like to sign up to receive the post, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01937 588994. Relatives or friends can also sign up of behalf of a person over 60.
*Cards will be opened to check for content before forwarding to an older person.
Information & Advice
Our advisor can offer signposting on information and advice on lots of issues relevant to older people and those who care for them.
Our advice includes how to access certain benefits, how to find care and details of support services available to you.