Volunteers needed to help the elderly

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A charity is calling upon Melton’s residents to help recruit more volunteers.

Older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service, urgently needs volunteer drivers, befrienders and people to help out with luncheon clubs.

These voluntary roles provide important practical and social support to older people who may be lonely, isolated or in need of company.

Royal Voluntary Service drivers provide transport to medical or other appointments, and befrienders will help older people with daily tasks such as getting some shopping, walking the dog, changing a light bulb or just a cup of tea and a chat.

These vital services help older people stay independent, whilst providing friendly, social interaction to make sure they’re safe and well.

Community services manager Teresa Gibbs for Royal Voluntary Service said: “We’re urgently seeking more volunteer drivers and helpers in Melton to help the elderly stay healthy and independent in their own homes.

“We know that volunteering can make a very real positive difference to both the people that we support and the volunteers themselves. If you have a couple of hours to spare a week and are looking to make a difference in your own community then you are exactly who we are looking for. Volunteers are given full training and all expenses are paid.”

Diane Jeary who volunteers every other week at a luncheon club at The Cove Children’s Centre in Melton, which is supported by the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Leicestershire County Council have made funding cuts to the social transport bus which means from the beginning of July some of our the lunch club members may not be able to attend.

“For some, this is there only outing a week and so to stop that would be devastating for them. We have 16 members who regularly attend and so the primary need here is for voluntary drivers.”

To find out more information about volunteering for Royal Voluntary Service call (0116) 2667706 or email Leicsrutlandhub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk