Cowplain-based charity trains first trio of volunteers for new office

NEW RECRUITS Elizabeth Reynolds, Colleen Mellor, service manager Jan Allen and Ian Warren
NEW RECRUITS Elizabeth Reynolds, Colleen Mellor, service manager Jan Allen and Ian Warren
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The Cowplain branch of the charity TLC (Tending, Listening, Comforting) has recently trained three new volunteers to brighten up the lives of members of the community.

Colleen Mellor, Ian Warren and Elizabeth Reynolds will shortly be matched with local people who need some extra support in their lives.

One feels a bit guilty about how many people there are who need more assistance and I felt that so much more could be done.

Ian Warren

It was an article in The News which prompted Colleen to visit the TLC offices to register as a volunteer.

Ian, on the other hand, heard about the charity through a friend.

‘I’ve always liked being involved in the community,’ he said. ‘Now I’m retired I thought that it was time I gave something back.

‘One feels a bit guilty about how many people there are who need more assistance and I felt that so much more could be done.

‘TLC doesn’t ask for too much time and it is easy to get involved. It’s a very good cause, and your local community is always a great world to be a part of.’

TLC befriends and cares for local people with life-limiting conditions who are either isolated or being looked after by a family member. In addition, those caring for a loved one can share their experiences and receive friendly support with up to three hours a week of respite time.

The volunteer’s training is essential but is also an enjoyable experience. They then go on to have further training in an appropriate specialist subject which is needed to advise those they support. The subject they train in is specific to their partner.

TLC also tries to match all their volunteers to someone with similar interests.

The charity’s headquarters are in Bordon but TLC aims to assist anyone living in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

The charity opened its first satellite office at the Borrow Centre, Cowplain, in June.

This enables it to support volunteers and existing clients. It also means that it can raise awareness about the charity in surrounding areas such as Clanfield, Waterlooville, Cowplain, Rowlands Castle and Havant.

For more information call 01420 477231 or email volunteer@hospiceservices.org.uk.