Farnham ASSIST was formed as an independent charity in
January 2010. Its main focus is on supporting older people,
particularly those living on their own in the Farnham area of Surrey.
Its mission is simply 'to be there for older people in Farnham, meeting
them where they are and showing God's love in our work.'
The Farnham ASSIST programme of activities strives to offer
opportunities for friendships to be formed, activities to be enjoyed
(many of which become more of a struggle with age and living alone
or being a carer) and, just as importantly, ways of providing practical
help and advice. Wherever possible, all the activities include a time
for tea and cake to provide an opportunity to chat and not rush off.
One of the core services that Farnham ASSIST offers is its regular one-to-one befriending service where volunteers visit those who cannot get out so easily (Surrey Adult Services refer into this service). For those who can get out, often with the help of volunteer drivers, there is a weekly Knit 'n' Natter session, computer courses, Pie & Pint lunches in a local pub, including a Christmas lunch. Also, twice a month, at the weekend, a roast lunch is provided in local venues. And in the summer, there are group outings.
Once a month in the afternoon, a non-denominational Silver Service is held in a local church. Regular short services are also held in several care homes in the town. All Farnham ASSIST activities are open to anyone but as a recognised Christian organisation it is felt important to have accessible worship services as part of its programme of activities.
In addition to social and spiritual activities, Farnham ASSIST has developed partnerships with Citizens Advice Waverley, who provide a home visiting service to help with benefits advice and general form filling, and also a local firm of solicitors to provide help with wills and property.