New lifeline for isolated elderly

The official launch of the Happy at Home project, toook place at the New Street day centre, Daventry, on Tuesday 20th November.'Pictured is Volunteer Caroline Houghton with Alice Lane

The official launch of the Happy at Home project, toook place at the New Street day centre, Daventry, on Tuesday 20th November.'Pictured is Volunteer Caroline Houghton with Alice Lane

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ELDERLY people in the district who feel lonely or isolated will find some company in a new scheme launched by the Daventry Voluntary Centre.

The Happy at Home partnership, which started on November 20, aims to recruit volunteers from across Daventry and South Northamptonshire to spend some time with the district’s elderly and help them to feel less lonely.

The volunteers will also take out information packs to the elderly and make sure they are kept informed about any local resources available to them.

Project officer for the partnership, Nicola Toms said: “I think there are a lot of older people in rural villages who lead very lonely lives and that is a really big problem.

“One in five elderly people speak to somebody less than once a week and the older generation are not the people who look on the internet to find out what’s on in their area so that’s where we need to help.”

She hopes to find people in the area who can spare as little as an hour or so per week to give elderly people information about services and transport to get to them.

She said: “Our aims are simple, helping people who live on our doorstep or not too far away, to improve their health and wellbeing though their contact with a volunteer.”

Since the launch 20 people have singed up to the service which has secured funding from the National Lottery for the next five years.

Partners in the project include Daventry and District Housing, South Northants Homes, Northamptonshire Age UK, Care and Repair, Northamptonshire Centre for independent living, Northamptonshire NHS falls service, Northamptonshire police and Daventry and South Northants Volunteer Bureau.

If you want to get involved, contact Mrs Toms on 01327 300614 or on nicola@daventryvolunteers.org.uk.