Established in 1999 by a group of local GPs, the Karis Neighbour Scheme was originally set up to help people in the Ladywood area whose needs were going unmet.
Aided by several local churches in the area, Karis uses a vast network of volunteers to offer friendship, guidance, advice and practical support to anyone in the community who needs it. As well as working with children and families, Karis runs advocacy sessions and also offers support and friendship for elderly people in their own homes.
The long-term vision is to see a thriving local community in which anyone needing support or advice has someone to turn to. Karis wants to see a society in which no one is ever lonely or in need, and where friendship and encouragement are offered at every turn.
When you’re completely on your own KNS is something I’m very thankful for. It’s not just the company but the practical help too; accompanying to appointments, knowing there is someone I can call on, what would I do without it!
I go to the group every Tuesday and have been going for about a year now. The warmth is delightful and the help is fantastic. I love it and am very grateful!
I always look forward to going to Time for Tea, it makes me feel so good, I’m on a high when I get back!
I have been visiting a lady for the last 8 years, we go out for lunch or coffee but usually I call round for a cup of tea and a chat. Like most friendships it involves caring and sharing, time and our lives. It has been a privilege and a joy spending time with her.