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Volunteers needed to support older people in Shrewsbury

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News from our partners Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin

Local charity Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is urgently seeking volunteers to ensure its Shrewsbury day services continue to run smoothly in 2018. 

The charity is looking for a number of volunteers to help out at their day centres in the Shrewsbury area. Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin has 39 day centres across the county, running weekly from 10am until 3pm. It is often the only time when older people get out and about to see anyone all week. 

There are two volunteer vacancies for helpers at Louise House day centre on Roman Road on Fridays. Castlefields day centre is every Monday and they are looking for a helper as well as an organiser who can lead a small team of volunteers. 

Volunteer minibus escorts are required to support the driver and help members to and from the day centres at Porchfield day centre on a Wednesday at Abbotts Road and Louise House on Fridays. Greenacres day centre at Harlescott needs a car driver on Wednesdays to use their own car to transport members. 

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK STW, said:

“We have a number of volunteer vacancies for the new year that we would like to fill as soon as possible. Our day centres are run by volunteers, with support from our staff. They have such a positive impact on the lives of older people by offering companionship and support. Donating a couple of hours each week really does improve the quality of life for those older people sitting alone behind closed doors.” 

If you would like to be a volunteer for Age UK STW please contact Claire or Janice in the Volunteer Recruitment Team on 01743 588570. Alternatively, visit www.ageukshropshireandtelford.org.uk

Further information

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is a local charity which has been working tirelessly for over 67 years to make life better for older people across the whole of Shropshire. 

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin offers a range of services for older people in the county. These include: Information and Advice, Day Centres, dementia support, the Help at Home Service, volunteer befriending visitors, Home from Hospital services, Lunch Clubs, Living Well activities, Benefits Advice, and Advocacy on behalf of older people. 

Last year over 100,000 volunteer hours were given to support older people, ranging from helping people to fill in benefits forms, supporting people in our 40 Day Centres, visiting isolated older people at home, to acting as receptionists in our Shrewsbury office.

As part of our ‘No one should have No one’ campaign, we are raising money and recruiting volunteers to increase services such as befriending and social activities that reduce isolation and loneliness among  older people in Shropshire.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is based in Shrewsbury and in Telford.  The Shrewsbury office is open from 10.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday, 01743 233123.  Our office at Meeting Point House in Telford is open every morning, 01952 216018.  Further information about our local services is available on our website www.ageukshropshireandtelford.org.uk