Session to help volunteers click and connect

 

An introduction session for volunteers looking to help lonely people in the Stafford Borough community is being held in February. Volunteer ‘Community Connectors’ will provide information on a range of services, groups and activities that are available within the area.

The induction session will take place at the Civic Centre, Riverway, Stafford, and will explain what the role entails and provide information on other organisations working with the Council such as the Community Fire Service and County Council.

The aim of the Borough Council run scheme is to help older people improve their general wellbeing, reduce isolation and loneliness, improve knowledge, understanding, confidence and self-esteem. Volunteers will receive full training on local support services and how to access them.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet member for Environment and Health, said:

“We know that isolation and loneliness are key barriers in improving the health and wellbeing of residents.

“I hope people will come forward who can spare the time to help us reach out to those who may not know what is available to them within parts of our borough and provide the information and opportunity for them to engage with community groups or activities to reduce that loneliness.”

Anyone wanting to attend the induction session on Friday, February 23, or to find out more about the role, should contact Richard Upton, Health and Wellbeing Community Development Officer on health@staffordbc.gov.uk or 01785 619675 by Friday, February 16.