Reach Out: Support organisation for the elderly appeals for volunteers in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth
An organisation which provides companionship and practical support for older people faces a shortage of volunteers in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.
Project manager Vicky Hudson said that Reach Out Hertfordshire, which helps senior citizens just released from hospital or at risk of being admitted, had experienced a surge in demand from the Stortford and Sawbo area.
Reach Out Herts works with the HertsHelp Hospital and Community Navigation Service, which refers clients in need.
Vicky said: "Due to the pandemic, we ensure that all volunteers and clients remain safe and follow all social distancing guidelines, but we're still able to provide support, reassurance and friendship to people who are isolated and need support.
"We're receiving high numbers of referrals for lonely and isolated older people in Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and surrounding areas and we're actively seeking new volunteers who might be able to help out.
"We ask for as little as an hour a week, which our volunteers can fit in around their home, work or other commitments.
"We provide full one-to-one training and all matches are flexible, so if volunteers would prefer only to offer support through telephone calls or by practical tasks such as shopping, collecting prescriptions, helping in gardens, we can match them to a client with those specific needs."
The purpose of the support is to help people to maintain a healthy recovery, build resilience and to preserve wellbeing while also helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
To find out more and to volunteer, see https://www.reachout-project.org.uk/ .