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Did you know: In this country the number of older people has overtaken children for the first time and 1 in 3 does not know where to turn for help?

Over 1.2 Million older people in the UK always feel alone and only see their family once a month.

  • 48% of over 65’s consider television to be their main source of company.
  • 7% of over 65’s don’t leave their house more than once a week and 3% never go out.

So it comes as no surprise that The Salvation Army’s Good Neighbours scheme is receiving more and more referrals for support for elderly and isolated people in the community.

“To constantly meet this demand volunteers are urgently needed.”

Volunteering can offer an opportunity to make friends with like-minded people, build confidence and self-esteem, and make a difference both to the volunteer and the community. All sorts of people volunteer for many reasons, but one thing that unites them all is that they find it challenging, rewarding and varied.

Our volunteers support the elderly in many ways including visiting people in their own homes for a cup of tea and a chat, visiting older people at home to help complete forms and assist with paperwork, help with shopping and help with attending doctors, hospital and chiropodist appointments.

Comment from one of our Good Neighbours volunteers: “What we are doing isn’t complicated or profound. It’s just the little things that make such a difference to people’s lives.
Colin Wise, Volunteers Development Officer, said “We offer all volunteers: training, on-going support, the opportunity to become part of an enthusiastic team, and a role in making a difference to the community. If you are 18 or over, committed to the well-being of older people and able to spare an hour or two (daytime or evening) each week, we’d love to hear from you.

“Volunteers do not need to have any formal qualifications or previous experience.”

Please contact Colin Wise, Volunteers Development Officer, at The Salvation Army 1203 Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough.
Phone 01733 892013 or email colin.wise@salvationarmy.org.uk

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