Elderly helpline launched in Corby

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A new helpline is being launched in Corby this month aimed at supporting elderly residents.

The Royal Voluntary Service is rolling out its Good Neighbours scheme in the town and hopes to recruit volunteers to make it a success.

Volunteers will offer elderly people companionship through home visits, with telephone calls in between.

They will also offer help around the home such as changing a light bulb or walking the dog, reminding people about health and dental appointments and encouraging them to revisit hobbies and interest they once enjoyed.

The charity’s chief executive David McCullough said: “We will match older people with volunteers who share interests. For example, they may enjoy going to watch football together or go to see films or concerts. We want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved.”

Corby Good Neighbours Service is funded by the People’s Health Trust under the Healthy Places, Healthy People project.

Volunteers will be checked and must be willing to participate in training

If you would like to take part in the scheme call 01536 218424 or email northamptonshirehub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk..