Eligibility Criteria for Carer’s Sitting Service

Who The Service Is For

  • People who live in Northamptonshire.
  • All carers and young carers however the looked after-person using the service must be an adult who is 18 plus.
  • People with a range of needs, for example physical health issues or living with dementia
  • The cared-for person must have low-level support needs. Volunteers cannot provide personal care or cook meals, undertake cleaning or do shopping.

What Kind Of Support Can The Sitting Service Offer Me?

  • Low-level support provided by volunteers e.g. befriending; where appropriate accompanying to external activities, to residents of Northamptonshire.
  • Time away from the caring role for the carer.
  • The service is initially available between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday.
  • Support offered by the sitting service can be up to 3 hours in duration per session. Providing volunteers are available this can be a regular or semi-regular arrangement.

How Do I Access The Service?

  • You will need to complete a short referral form which will ask for some personal information on the person you care for including any health issues they may have, what other support they receive etc.
  • You can also be referred by a Carers Assessment Support Worker or Young Carers Worker from Northamptonshire Carers who is currently working with you.
  • You can be referred through the Carers Support Line.
  • You can refer yourself and the person you are caring for to the service.
  • Referral to the service can be through a professional involved in the care of the person you are looking after (for example their GP; social worker; community nurse).

Please contact us to discuss this service further or to make a referral. This is an extremely popular service and we are always looking out for new volunteers.

This service is supported by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the Constance Travis Endowment Fund.