People For You scheme returns to Tetbury

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People For You scheme returns to Tetbury

Getting volunteers on board to help older people in the District was the theme behind the relaunch of Cotswold District Council-led ‘People For You’ scheme in Tetbury this spring.

The signposting and befriending programme was officially launched in the east Cotswold towns of Fairford and Lechlade in 2008. It was also gathering pace in Tetbury last autumn before the coordinator of the scheme left for the Middle East after Christmas.

But now, the scheme has been re energised with the organiser of the successful scheme in Fairford and Lechlade, Sue Black, also taking the reins for Tetbury. Thanks to a recruiting drive at the Tetbury ‘People for You’ re-launch, which took place in March, six volunteers have already joined up to help others in the community. However, many more are still needed.

People for You, working alongside the established Village Agent scheme, aims to give older people, particularly those living alone and in rural settings, better access to information about housing, benefits, care and social issues, through trained and checked volunteers.

These volunteers visit the elderly in their homes, where they will talk through any problems and concerns by giving them a regular friendly face to get to know and trust.

They will also visit and assist anyone returning home from hospital or older and disabled people who may feel isolated or are housebound because of longer term ill health.

Bill Wragge, Health Policy Officer at Cotswold District Council, said:

“I like to think that they can be the eyes and ears for older people in the community who may not know what is available, and the act of making friendships is really valuable for both the visitor and the older person.

“Loneliness is a serious factor of getting older and we shall be working closely with all the health and social care professionals to help well being and confidence."

‘People for You’ are always on the lookout for new volunteers in all these areas to help them with their work in the community.

If you feel you could commit a few hours a week to helping this scheme, please contact Sue Black on 07507 641815 who will be happy to speak to you.

Posted : 07/04/2009 16:25:34

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