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Community Companions scheme awarded APS national quality standard

Friday 16 December 2016

St Barnabas House is delighted to have been awarded the Approved Provider Standard (“APS”) in mentoring and befriending, for its very successful Community Companions befriending scheme.

The APS scheme is the national quality standard, designed specifically for all types of mentoring and befriending projects.  It comprises 10 requirements across four key areas, supporting safe and effective practice in mentoring and befriending.

51-community-companions-celebrating-aps-awardCommunity Companions has been running for over four years and has so far provided over 8,700 hours of support to patients and carers.  The APS report described the scheme as being ‘well organised with a sensitive approach’ and, ‘good quality, safe and effective befriending support’. 

Gillian Brennan, Human Resources Director of St Barnabas, said: “We are thrilled that our Community Companions scheme has achieved such a prestigious standard.  We are delighted by the very positive comments on the strengths of the project in the report”. 

Community companions are volunteers who provide social and practical support to the hospice’s patients and their carers.  The Companions may visit a patient at home to relieve isolation or boredom by providing friendship and support, or they may sit with them enabling their carer to do something else.  Some Companions take their patients out for visits to the shops or garden centres.  The visits are usually for a couple of hours on a weekly basis.  The scheme is co-ordinated by the Voluntary Services Team at St Barnabas and works alongside the staff providing clinical care.

If you’d like to know more about the Community Companion scheme, please call our Voluntary Services Team on 01903 706360 or email volunteers@stbh.org.uk