Vol­un­teers needed for lunch and so­cial clubs

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Lunch and so­cial clubs for older peo­ple in La­nark­shire run by Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice are calling for more vol­un­teers to help them grow.

The char­ity’s pop­u­lar com­mu­ni­ty­based groups pro­vide reg­u­lar com­pany and con­ver­sa­tion for older peo­ple and are sup­ported by funds raised by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

Clubs rely on teams of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who or­gan­ise so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, pre­pare, cook and serve re­fresh­ments, chat with guests and sign­post lo­cal ser­vices for older peo­ple.

Diane Bate, Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tions man­ager for La­nark­shire, said: “Our clubs at­tract many older peo­ple each week who en­joy the food, com­pany and at­mos­phere that our fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers help pro­vide thanks to funds raised by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

“Some of our club users de­scribe them as a life­line which helps stop them feel­ing lonely.

“We want to be able to at­tract even more older peo­ple along which is why we’re look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help us grow our clubs.

“For any­one with a lit­tle spare time that is look­ing for a way to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, for ex­am­ple peo­ple that are re­cently re­tired, vol­un­teer­ing is hugely re­ward­ing.”

As well as need­ing more vol­un­teers to sup­port ex­ist­ing clubs, Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice is also look­ing for vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tors and lead­ers to set up and run new ac­tiv­i­ties for older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Whether it’s a lunch club, tai chi class or book group or pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion­ship to older peo­ple in their homes, the char­ity is look­ing for lo­cal peo­ple to put their tal­ents and life ex­pe­ri­ence to valu­able use to help grow a net­work of com­mu­nity groups across Great Bri­tain that im­prove older peo­ple’s lives.

No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as full train­ing is pro­vided.

Diane added: “Our vol­un­teers are com­mu­nity heroes that make a gen­uine dif­fer­ence to the lives of older peo­ple.

“Work­ing with us to set up a pro­gramme of new vol­un­teer-led so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties is an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge for any­one with time to give and ideas, en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm to of­fer.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing and sup­port­ing a host of new vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tors and lead­ers to scale up our sup­port for older peo­ple.”

To find out more about be­com­ing a Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice, vol­un­teer co-ordinator or leader, email Diane at diane.bate@roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­vice.org.uk, call 07736 825294 or visit www. roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­vice.org.uk

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