Vol­un­teer to talk about telly favourites

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Bud­dies are be­ing en­cour­aged to vol­un­teer their friend­ship this win­ter.

As fig­ures show that more than 5,700 peo­ple in Pais­ley are al­ready en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of a free TV Li­cence for over 75s, TV Li­cens­ing and Vol­un­teer­ing Mat­ters are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to give up their time by join­ing a so­cial group, men­tor pro­gramme, or spar­ing an hour each week to form a com­pan­ion­ship over a shared in­ter­est.

Fer­gus Reid, spokesper­son for TV Li­cens­ing in Scot­land, said:“Over 75s con­sume more TV each day than any other age group, so the weekly TV sched­ule can pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers to share their favourite reg­u­lar pro­gramme in the com­pany of an older per­son, par­tic­u­larly as win­ter draws in and great TV sea­sons be­gin.”

Vol­un­teer­ing Mat­ters can help by match­ing up peo­ple want­ing to help an­other per­son tackle lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion.

Keith Rob­son, char­ity di­rec­tor at Age Scot­land, said:“This is a won­der­ful way to en­cour­age peo­ple to reach out and make new friends in their com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially those who are liv­ing on their own.

“Vol­un­teer­ing doesn’t have to be tax­ing — sim­ply shar­ing a cuppa, a chat and a favourite TV pro­gramme can make a real dif­fer­ence to a lonely older per­son.”

Any­one aged 75 can claim a free TV li­cence for their main ad­dress.

Ap­ply on­line at www.tvli­cens­ing.co. uk/over75info or call 0300 790 6073 for help with the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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