Swaffham charity seeks volunteers to maintain support for elderly people

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A charity is appealing for more help to support isolated older people in the Swaffham area.

Age Concern branch officials will be holding a recruitment drop-in session at the town’s community centre later this week in a bid to encourage extra volunteers to join their ranks.

Under the banner of Swaffham Support Services, the charity runs a befriending service, in which volunteers pay regular visits to elderly people who otherwise might not see anyone else for days or weeks.

They also provide a hospital buddy link, where volunteers take clients to appointments with their GP or local hospitals and will even taken notes of what is said if asked to do so.

Hospital buddy scheme co-ordinator Clair Ensom said the project’s work was “essential.”

She added: “Without volunteers, our service would not exist.”

The drop-in session takes place this Friday, April 7, between 10am and noon. Volunteer starter kits will be available to prospective recruits.

For more information, email swaffhamsss16@outlook.com or phone 07393 981295.

The charity’s office at the community centre is also open on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, between 9am and 4pm.