Volunteers needed to help change the lives of older residents

October 27 2017

AGE UK South Gloucestershire wants to recruit ten volunteers to join its befriending service in Thornbury.

AGE UK South Gloucestershire wants to recruit ten volunteers to join its befriending service in Thornbury.

The town-based charity said it was facing unprecedented demand for the service across the district .

In Thornbury it particularly needs people with experience of dementia with time to spare to help a neighbour.

It said befriending involved calling in on an older person once a week for about an hour to have a chat. About a million older people in the UK go a month or more without seeing or speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour and the charity wants to make sure help is available for those affected by loneliness, illness or poverty.

It also said: “Our volunteers benefit from the visits as much as our clients and they can help to change the lives of local people.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can either email volunteering@ageuksouthglos.org.uk or call 01454 411707.