Worth watch­ing

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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