You may choose to operate the ministry by utilizing the church accommodations and schedule a group buddy break time. This will allow all the participants to enjoy the company of others and develop group communication skills.
If accommodation space is limited, you may recruit qualified volunteers to visit the homes of participants during scheduled visitation times. This avenue may accommodate those caregivers that have difficulty making travel arrangements. Trained volunteers would make regular visits to the family’s residence, typically ranging from two to four hours. They offer friendship, compassion, and a faith connection to one who is receiving care. It is also comforting for a caregiver to know that a caring volunteer is there to stay with their loved while they are away.
During the program, participants are able to participate in activities such as service projects, arts and crafts, music, gardening, exercise, and other activities that promote conversation and bring some fun to their day.
During the buddy break ministry, proposed activities may include the following.
- Conversation and reminiscing
- Reading books, magazines, or the newspaper
- Listening to or playing music
- Playing board games
- Quiet time together, laughter and sharing
- Reading a sermon or prayer and scriptures