An independent local charity, Voluntary Action Broxtowe, has developed a befriending service for people over the age of 75.
The free scheme means volunteers visit the homes of those over the age of 75 who have no friends or family close by, or are socially isolated, to offer a friendly chat and company on an arranged time and day for up to two hours.
Volunteers are trained before being assigned to those interested in the programme based on interests, likes, dislikes and beliefs.
One of those who has benefited from the service is John. He lives on his own after losing his wife some years ago.
Over the last five years, John has suffered with his health and is unable to get out like he used to, leaving him feeling isolated.
“They’re an absolutely wonderful service and I will tell anyone and everyone.”
– John, a service user
Loneliness can lead to isolation and depression so it hopes to give people a vital link to the community and identify any additional needs.
Lynn is a volunteer on the scheme, she said: “I am very pleased to be part of Caring Companions. It is very rewarding to be able to contribute to such a fantastic service and to be able to make a difference to our service users.”
The charity has developed a waiting list for people interested in the service, while they try to find volunteers willing to provide a friendly companionship to those in the older community.