Our friends at Age UK are launching a brand new befriending service for our beloved over-fifties across Cheshire West. The service is an effort to fight the growing epidemic of social isolation and loneliness in old age.
They call it Sharing Time, and it will have “much more of a focus and will be looking specifically to support clients in Northwich and the surrounding rural areas,” says Amanda Hodgkinson, wellbeing services manager at Age UK Cheshire. They say these rural areas have been identified as having higher levels of social isolation in the UK.
Sharing Time will offer a chance for people to feel a sense of familiar warmth through conversations and comforting chats over a cup of tea. Elders are encouraged to visit or simply take part in regular phone calls, or even internet-based friendships over digital services like Skype and FaceTime.
Sharing Time is set to launch in April this year, but they’re still searching for Volunteers to help provide comfort for our generation’s forefathers. You can find information on how to apply as a volunteer or as a client here. Age UK are always looking for new volunteers and it would be a great service to the community if you could join. You must be eighteen or older to apply.