Stafford Council asking volunteers to ‘click and connect’ with the elderly

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Stafford Borough Council are appealing for volunteers who can offer support and reduce the loneliness of the elderly in the town.

Volunteers also known as ‘Community Connectors’, will be able to connect with older people who are suffering from isolation and help to improve their general health and wellbeing.

They will also be able to provide information on a range of services, groups and activities in the area that can benefit elderly residents.

It is expected that there will be over 12,000 older people living alone in Stafford by 2024 and currently there are almost 24,000 people in the borough who have long term illnesses.

The council are holding a training day for anyone who wants to become a volunteer on Friday February 23, at the Civic Centre, Stafford Borough Council.

The session will explain what the role entails and will provide volunteers information on other organisations that work with the council, such as the Community Fire Service.

‘Community Connectors’ will also be given information and leaflets about local support services and how to access them, at the training day.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet member for Environment and Health, said: “We know that isolation and loneliness are key barriers in improving the health and wellbeing of residents.

“I hope people will come forward who can spare the time to help us reach out to those who may not know what is available to them within parts of our borough and provide the information and opportunity for them to engage with community groups or activities to reduce that loneliness.”

For more information or to get an Expression of Interest Form contact: Richard Upton, Health & Wellbeing Community Development Support Officer on 01785 619675 or email [email protected]

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