New figures show that over 2720 people in Wishaw are enjoying the benefits of a free TV licence for over 75s.
Now TV Licensing and Volunteering Mat t e r s are encouraging Wishaw residents to join a social group, mentor programme, or spare an hour each week to form a friendship 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.”
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 75 or older can apply for a free TV Licence online at www.tvlicensing. co.uk/over75info or call 0300 790 6073 for help with the application.
The free licence is not granted automatically.