Volunteer to talk about telly favourites
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.