VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help enhance the lives of elderly residents in Gorebridge.
An innovative project at Newbyres Village Care Home concludes next month, but there are hopes that its success will encourage local people to continue its valuable work.
Being Me is an intensive personal development and social networking scheme designed to increase residents’ self-care, health and well-being.
It is organised by Places for People Scotland Care and Support in partnership with the Midlothian Council Innovation Fund.
The pilot project has been run at the care home for the past six months by visiting personal development workers Fiona Lunn and Anne Stewart.
The charity’s focus has been providing residents with the same level of access and choice to services and resources that other people in the community enjoy.
Interraction within the care home is complemented by visits to venues and events in Gorebridge and beyond.
Participants include health centre and library staff and midwives from the neo-natal unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Feedback from residents, families and care home staff has been positive.
With Fiona and Anne’s support, some residents and families have been compiling Maps of Life story books.
According to the charity, it has been a rewarding and, on most occasions, emotional experience.
Families also appreciate that they have something to treasure in the printed recollections of elderly relatives.
With the project due to end shortly, the search is on to find local volunteers that can help keep it going.
Places for People has been working closely to involve the community, meeting the British Legion, local churches, WRVS, historical society, community council and Gala Day committee and encouraging people to volunteer their services.
l People who would like to volunteer their services should contact the care home manager on 0131 270 5656.