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DO you like to talk and get on well with older people?

If you can spare an hour a week – Moorlands Home Link would like to talk to you.
Home Link’s befriending service provides vital social contact and support for elderly
people living independently in their own homes all over the Moorlands.

The service depends entirely on a network of volunteers who help make older
people’s lives less lonely by visiting them on a regular basis – and, in many cases, the
visits are a highlight of the week for our elderly members.

Demand for befrienders has grown rapidly since Home Link expanded from the
Cheadle area into Leek this year and already around 50 volunteers are matched up
with an elderly person to provide friendship and contact with the outside world.

Volunteer Pam Piggins, from Cheadle, says: “I get a lot of pleasure from helping out
Home Link as a befriender. I think volunteering is a two-way thing and I really enjoy
visiting members to bring them a bit of company. You certainly get back more than
you put in.”

Marjorie Mayer, who receives regular visits from another Home Link befriender,
says: “My visitor, Jane Keeling, has become a really good friend to me and I feel
as though we hit it off from the start. We both speak the same language and are
interested in similar things. It’s great to have someone call in for a natter once a week
about what’s going on in the world.”

Befriending Co ordinator Diane Sellers is currently looking for more volunteer
visitors in all areas including Leek, Cheadle, Alton, Oakamoor, Kingsley, Dilhorne,
Draycott, Blythe Bridge, Werrington and Endon. She said: “Volunteering as a
befriender can make a huge difference to someone’s life without having to commit
lots of time. Visits can be arranged to suit the volunteer and there are no barriers to
becoming a befriender. We have people of all ages, from eighteen to eighty plus,
visiting our members each week.”

Contact Diane via the office on 01538 750511 or direct on 07888 10 40 48 if you
want to learn more about helping out as a befriender or having a visitor yourself.

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