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Local older person’s charity in need of ‘Walk and Talk’ volunteers

AGE UK Somerset is looking for volunteers locally to help with its new Active Befriending service. 

Each volunteer will be matched with an older person who lives near them.  They will join them for a walk and chat once a week, for 8 weeks initially.  The aim is to improve each client’s mental and physical well-being by providing some company alongside gentle exercise. 

Age UK Somerset say, “Loneliness is endemic among the older population, and for many this is coupled with anxieties about going out following such a long time indoors.  

“The newly created Active Befriending service aims to address the needs and anxieties of local older people and help them to rebuild their confidence and renew their enjoyment of, and feel the benefit of being outside.” 

The charity is in real need of volunteers to join this service to enable them to support all of the isolated clients who would benefit from it.   

If you would like to give a local older person something to look forward to, please email volunteers@ ageuksomerset.org.uk or call 01823 345623. 

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