£2,200 boost for visiting scheme

PUBLISHED: 11:31 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:40 28 May 2010

With the cheque

With the cheque

AGE Concern s visiting scheme has benefited by more than £2,000, thanks to the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. On Monday representatives of the Cambridge and District Province handed over a cheque for £2,257.22 at the Chatteris headquarters of Age

AGE Concern's visiting scheme has benefited by more than £2,000, thanks to the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.

On Monday representatives of the Cambridge and District Province handed over a cheque for £2,257.22 at the Chatteris headquarters of Age Concern Cambridgeshire.

Visiting scheme organisers recruit volunteers who can spare an hour a week to visit an older person as a friend.

A spokesman said: "These older people are often lonely and isolated and the visits make a real difference to their lives, providing a link with the community. Older people have many stories to tell but also like to hear about the lives of others. Our volunteers tell us how rewarding their visits are and that they feel they have really made a difference."

The organisation takes care to match people with common interests and hobbies. New visitors will be accompanied by an organiser to ensure both parties are comfortable with each other. Training, support and out-of-pocket expenses are provided. Two references are required, with a CRB disclosure check. If you would like more information about the scheme, contact team leader Gill Barnes on 01354 658092.

Age Concern has a range of different volunteering opportunities and would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to know more. Tel 01354 696650 or write to Age Concern Cambridgeshire, 2 Victoria Street, Chatteris PE16 6AP.

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