What is the Carers Sitter Service?
The Carers Sitter Service is a voluntary organisation aiming to help the housebound. It is a registered charity which works closely with other caring organisations. It provides a service assisting carers and their families in South Lincolnshire across Stamford, The Deepings, Bourne and their surrounding villages, and the PE9 villages of Rutland and East Northamptonshire.
The Service provides a home sitting service for the numerous people who are practically housebound because of the 24-hour care they are providing for dependent relatives and friends. These include both frail elderly people and people incapacitated through chronic illness. The service provides approximately 2,000 hours of sitting in the year.
We provide a service for a few hours during the day or evening, and at weekends, so if you have any time when you could be a volunteer sitter, be it once a week or even once a month, we could use your help!
You will be given any appropriate training that you require, and although the position is voluntary, you will receive travel expenses where appropriate. You will also be providing an invaluable service to both the Carer and their dependent relative.
No formal qualifications are needed, we look for people who are caring, with an interest in people, kind with a sense of humour and a common sense approach to life. You will need to undergo a DBS check.
Please note this is a sitting service and not a nursing service
What happens during a “sit”?
The Co-ordinator will telephone you to ascertain what time you have available for the coming month. You will be given the name, address and telephone number of the Carer and the time and dates when you are needed. If this is your first visit, you will be given any information considered relevant for your session. This could be the interests of the dependant, their medical situation etc.
On the appropriate day, you will attend the house, and meet the Carer, who will leave you with the relative. At each house you will find a record, known as a Service User Plan, with details of the person’s medical and personal needs, doctor’s telephone number and emergency contact numbers.
This is a sitter service, so there are no nursing or lifting duties, nor is medication given.
The Carer will return at the agreed time, when you will both complete a record of the visit, together with your time/expenses sheet. That’s it!
From time to time, there are social events when both Carers and Sitters get together, as well as ongoing training courses such as the Red Cross Save a Life.