Free guide to help com­bat iso­la­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

OLDER peo­ple can start to feel iso­lated and lonely dur­ing the win­ter months when get­ting out and about less ap­peal­ing or more dif­fi­cult, but help is just a phone call away.

Lo­cal guides, pro­duced by Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil, can help keep peo­ple in­formed of what ac­tiv­i­ties, clubs and ser­vices are avail­able.

The book­lets cover ev­ery­thing from home main­te­nance ser­vices to be­friend­ing schemes, with con­tact de­tails and a list of emer­gency num­bers.

There are sep­a­rate book­lets for the Che­sham area, Amer­sham area, the Chalfonts and the HP16 area cov­er­ing Prest­wood, Great Mis­senden and sur­round­ing vil­lages.

The guides are free, pro­duced by Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil through Lo­cal Area Fo­rum fund­ing with money de­volved from Bucks County Coun­cil.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity

BY THE BOOK­LET: Cllr Peter Hud­son launches a new di­rec­tory for the El­derly in Che­sham Coun­cil­lor Peter Hud­son said: “Th­ese very sim­ple guides have proved hugely suc­cess­ful. They’re great any time of the year, but es­pe­cially in the win­ter, the in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in them could re­ally ben­e­fit an el­derly per­son who is feel­ing for­got­ten and aban­doned.

“There are so many fan­tas­tic groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions in our com­mu­ni­ties which of­fer a life­line to the el­derly – and th­ese guides list them all.

“They are free, avail­able in li­braries and parish of­fices, can be down­loaded from our web­site or re­quest one to be sent to you.”

Down­load the guide from www.chiltern.gov. uk/fifty­plus or call 01494 732 103 to re­quest a copy.

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