'People For You' To Be Launched In Three Towns

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'People For You' To Be Launched In Three Towns

Getting volunteers on board to help older people in Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade is the theme behind the launch of the Cotswold District Council-led ‘People for You’ scheme this week.

The programme will come to the east and west Cotswolds with an official launch, including a volunteer-recruitment drive and information and advice session, in the Community Centre in Fairford on Thursday October 2nd, and the Dolphins Hall in Tetbury, on Friday October 3rd.

The events start at 12noon and last until 1pm and both potential volunteers and anyone who feels they could benefit from the service is welcome to come along to the launch.

People for You, which was first started in Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh two years ago, aims to give older people in rural areas better access to information about housing, benefits, care and social issues, through trained volunteers.

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

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

Katie Moylan will host the service from Tetbury Hospital, while Sue Black will coordinate the scheme in Fairford and Lechlade from Fairford’s new Community Centre. Sue said:

“We want people to come forward and join us in the team, in order to ensure our older citizens feel both confident and connected.”

Their role will involve recruiting, coordinating and sending out volunteers to anyone in need in their area. Both volunteers are looking for approximately six volunteers or more.

Anyone interested in being a volunteers in the People for You scheme should contact Sue Black on 07507 641815 or Katie Moylan on 07507 641816.

Posted : 29/09/2008 22:23:41

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