Could you be an Association Visitor (AV)?
Do you enjoy listening to and helping people? Are you looking for a volunteering role where you can do just that and fit it in around your family, studies or other commitments?
By becoming an Association Visitor (AV), you can make a real difference to the lives of people affected by motor neurone disease (MND).
Visitors offer free and confidential emotional support which helps to reduce the sense of isolation experienced by many people affected by the disease. They also provide information about the Association and other services that helps people to make informed choices.
As an AV you will keep in regular contact with people with MND, their families and carers. This can be done either by phone, email or face-to-face visits, depending on what suits you and the person you are supporting.
Join our local team and make new friends - use your existing skills and learn new ones!
To find out more about becoming an Association Visitor please visit https://volunteering.mndassociation.org, contact Adele Petcher via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 3751854
Our heartfelt thanks to CAWC
Our immense thanks go to the Chilterns American Womens Club (CAWC) who have chosen our branch to be the recipient of their fundraising efforts for the next two club years. This will include receiving 100% of the funds raised from their 33rd annual charity Christmas Bazaar, which this year will be virtual.
The money raised by CAWC will be used to fund our Breathing Support project. This is a branch specific project that will help all local people with MND to manage the serious breathing difficulties caused by the disease. It will allow early intervention, 1:1 dedicated care from specialist physiotherapist Sue Eddy, the teaching of breathing management techniques and the loan of respiratory technology to be used at patients' homes. The project will also help to train and educate healthcare professionals, patients and carers to identify the early signs of respiratory failure. We are hoping the project will act as a case study for treatment and care to be replicated elsewhere in the country.
The project is led by Dr Faeqa Hami consultant in Palliative Medicine from Buckinghamshire Health NHS Trust who says -"The objective of this project is to offer high quality assessments and clinical support for patients and their Carers, and the project team is delighted to receive the support of the CAWC in facilitating this work".
Richard Coleman, branch Chairman and Chair of the charity's Board of Trustees, is very pleased that the CAWC is supporting this project, which should make a considerable difference to the quality of life of those with MND and their carers.
More information on CAWC can be found here: https://cawc.co.uk/about/philanthropy/
Shop at Amazon, support the charity
If, like many of us, you are a regular customer of Amazon then did you know they run a charitable donations scheme called Amazon Smile? Amazon Smile is a separate website that offers exactly the same products at the same prices as the main website. The only difference is that Amazon donate 0.5% of the net purchase price to your chosen charity. So why not switch to purchasing products through https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ and select the Motor Neurone Disease Association as your chosen charity?