Youth volunteers aim to end loneliness for pensionersBy Victoria Smith
February 15, 2012
A team of volunteers are hoping to tackle isolation and loneliness in Wokingham’s older generation by hosting social events.
Team v, which is made up of volunteers aged 18 to 25, has launched a new campaign that will kick off on Saturday at midday with a Golden Jubilee-themed social event at Winnersh Community Centre in New Road.
Guests can enjoy a quiz and entertainment, as well as meeting other people from the area.
The campaign has been launched after Team v held focus groups with people in the community to work out ways to prevent loneliness.
The group, which uses volunteers’ skills to make real change happen in communities, found Wokingham had the highest population of elderly people in Berkshire so decided to do something to engage people who may be isolated.
Charlee Bennett, Team v leader for the Wokingham area, said: “This is a very emotional campaign. It is amazing to see the difference even a small amount of contact can make to individual people.
“I am really excited to work with our local organisations, the Link Visiting Scheme, WADE and Earley Age Concern to see the positive effect of our social events.”
Anyone over the age of 65 is welcome to attend the event this weekend.
Refreshments will be provided and transport can also be arranged for those who need it.
Team v is also planning a brewery talk at the Wheelwright Arms in Hurst on Tuesday, February 21, from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Attendees will receive a talk from a representative of the Wadworths brewery, a two-course lunch and beer tastings.
All of this and transport will be provided for £15 a head.
If any people over the age of 65 would like to attend either event, call (0118) 961 9976 and ask for Charlee.