Char­ity helpout there­for el­derly

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Staff Re­porter

A char­ity which of­fers com­pany to older peo­ple who live alone in South La­nark­shire is hop­ing to in­crease the num­bers ben­e­fit­ing from the ser­vice.

Con­tact the El­derly, which launched in South La­nark­shire al­most six years ago, has groups in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang as well as the East Kil­bride, Hamil­ton and Ud­dingston ar­eas.

The group is now look­ing for el­derly peo­ple who may feel iso­lated.

Caro­line McGin­lay, sup­port of­fi­cer at Con­tact the El­derly, said:“There are around 40,000 older peo­ple in the South La­nark­shire re­gion, a large pro­por­tion of whom will live alone.

“Of that fig­ure, many would re­ally ben­e­fit from an af­ter­noon out of the house, en­joy­ing bak­ing and a blether with other older peo­ple and our lovely vol­un­teers.

“We un­der­stand it may feel daunt­ing to pick up the phone but we hear ev­ery week from our guests that they are truly glad that they did just that.”

Con­tact Caro­line McGin­lay on caro­line. mcgin­lay@ con­tact-the-el­ or 0141 812 1555.

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