A group of volunteers who offer to be good neighbours to anyone who feels isolated is celebrating its first birthday with an event at The Friends Meeting House in June.
Leighton-Linslade Helping Hands has had an incredibly successful first year. It now has more than 20 volunteers who offer free non-professional support to lonely, sick or elderly people in the area – walking dogs, fixing broken hinges, gardening, giving lifts to the shops, reading or playing dominoes and often just visiting over a cup of tea.
“We have an amazing team of volunteers,” says Annie Taylor, secretary of the group. “They are a great mix of young mums, professionals and retirees.
“And visiting people works both ways. The volunteers get quite a buzz from working in the community, and the clients appreciate the home visits.”
Some volunteers are only free for a couple of hours a week while others are free if and when needed.
“It isn’t the amount of time you can offer so much as your ability to be a good listener and willingness to meet new people who might need a hand or someone to talk to,” says Annie.
If you would like to learn more about how the group works, ask questions, and meet the volunteers you are welcome to come along for tea and homemade cakes from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, June 19 at The Friends Meeting House on North Street.