On 25 November, Cllr Jean Bower, Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, attended a special night to thank volunteers who help older people who are vulnerable or isolated in Stoke and North Staffordshire.
The Lord Mayor presented certificates of thanks to individuals and community partners who dedicate their time and resources to helping elderly people through the local Young at Heart project. Matt Ford, Development Officer, gave a presentation about the impact they have made on the lives of elderly people in the area. Cllr Bower said she was extremely impressed with what they have achieved in the year since the project began.
“It is important that our volunteers and partners know that they are really appreciated and to show them they are part of a much bigger project that makes a real impact on peoples’ lives.”
Many of those who attended have since contacted Matt to say how much they appreciated the night, how it opened their eyes to the scale of the work being done across all of the Young at Heart areas and how important it was to realise that they make a difference.
Run by Father Hudson’s Care, Young at Heart runs lunch clubs and activities, arranges excursions, and offers a gardening service all aimed at reducing loneliness in older people and improving their health and wellbeing. Anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering for the project, or about attending, can contact Matt on 07587-034299.