Help end the lone­li­ness of el­derly

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A NEW project to be­friend el­derly peo­ple feel­ing iso­lated or lonely has been launched in Ash­ford.

Called In­fo4U, it is a part­ner­ship be­tween Ash­ford Vol­un­teer Bureau, the rural out­reach group CARM and Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau to help house­bound or dis­abled peo­ple who have lit­tle fam­ily con­tact.

They are pro­vided with a weekly vis­i­tor, who will pop in for a chat and a cup of tea and help them link with es­sen­tial ser­vices so that they can re­main in­de­pen­dent at home, rather than go­ing into hospi­tal or long-term care.

Al­ready there is a wait­ing list and or­gan­iser Carmel Thompson is look­ing for more vol­un­teers who are asked to con­tact her on 01233 665535 or 07734 759472.

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