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Village Agents Needed in Your Community

Village Agents Needed in Your Community

There are 43 Village Agents in rural communities all over Hampshire. If you are interested in learning new skills or refreshing old ones, taking part in your local community, and helping older people to remain independent, then Age Concern Hampshire needs you to be the next Village Agent.

Village Agents are local people who offer a few hours a week of their time to signpost and help older people to access information, advice, and local services. They provide a face-to-face contact point for people who are less likely to use the telephone or internet service to access information. They are also trained to provide a basic home fire safety survey on behalf of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Village Agent programme has been running since 2011 following research done by Hampshire County Council’s Older Peoples Wellbeing Team and has been highly successful in helping to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people by enabling them to access resources that they need, and assisting them to engage with their local communities.

Age Concern Hampshire is pleased to be working in partnership with Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. The project is fully funded and supported by Hampshire County Council.

If you would like to get involved and have some time to offer or know anybody else who might be interested, please get in touch today!

Call the Village Agent co-ordinator on 01962 892443 or Freephone 0800 328 7154 or email villageagent@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk. Alternatively you can download an application form, and find out about our many other volunteering opportunities, on our website: http://www.ageconcernhampshire.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-for-us/

Gail Allen

[Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy]

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