You can BE a FRIEND for elderly

Published on: 15 Nov 2017

Age UK in South Glos is seeking 11 people from Filton to be part of their Befriending service.

According to the charity, in the UK, one million older people go a month or more without seeing or speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour.

A spokesman said: "We need to change that. We need to make sure help is available for all older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness, illness or poverty, whatever the time of year.

"Could you spare some of your precious time to help us reach more people in need living in your community? We are facing an unprecedented demand for our Befriending service across the county and one of your neighbours may be in need of help. We are in need of 11 volunteers in Filton for our Befriending Service. Could you visit a neighbour?

"Befriending is simple but very rewarding. Our volunteers pop in for a chat once a week for around an hour and talk about everything and anything. It is simple but means so much to the older person.

Joan, a Befriending service recipient, said: “Sometimes the only time I laugh is when Sue (Befriending volunteer) comes around.”

Volunteers benefit from the visits as much as our clients, as Emily explains: “I feel needed! When I visit my client it’s obvious she’s pleased to see me. With a child who is now self-sufficient and a very busy husband, it’s quite nice to be appreciated so much when I have my weekly visits with my client.”

You can help to change the lives of local people and make sure no one has no one, especially with winter coming.

For more information call 01454 411707 option 2 or e-mail

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