Readycall – a friendly local helping hand

March 12, 2018 | Filed under: 2018, April 2018

Readycall – a Friendly Local Helping Hand With an estimated one million older people in the UK experiencing chronic loneliness, it is reassuring to hear that a friendly helping hand is available locally. Readycall Macmillan provides befriending and practical support to vulnerable or isolated people aged 60 and over across the communities of the Derbyshire Dales. Volunteers are matched with someone who would like a regular visitor, or assistance with light practical tasks – anything from getting to grips with the internet, to dog walking or shopping! The service can also provide lifts to hospital for cancer related appointments at a subsidised rate. A weekly visit from a volunteer can make all the difference to a person who doesn’t have the chance to talk to someone regularly. It can be equally rewarding for the volunteer, as a befriender, Nick tells us “I enjoy it and look forward to my visits – it’s nice to feel helpful and it gives me the opportunity to talk and interact with someone. If you’re considering volunteering with Readycall, I’d say ‘just give it a go’ if you enjoy being with people and have time to spare” Readycall have offices in Bakewell and Ashbourne and operate throughout the Derbyshire Dales. They are funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and operate under the umbrella of Voluntary Community Services Peaks & Dales, a registered charity. For more information about accessing the service or volunteering, do contact us for an informal chat – 01629 693693, email sam@vcspd.org, or visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/ReadycallMacmillan.

 

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