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OLDER people in rural parts of Hampshire will continue to be supported to become more involved in their local communities thanks to a grant of £58,000.

The money was awarded by the leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, on Thursday. The grant will be used to recruit and train additional members of the community to act as village agents, and brings the total council funding of the scheme to £108,000.

Cllr Perry said: ‘Village agents play an important role in helping people to find the support they need. With 60 village agents already in place we have seen this early intervention successfully enabling older people to remain living independently for longer in their own homes - with access to the services they require. The scheme also encourages people to become more involved in their local neighbourhoods – building stronger rural communities and reducing social isolation.’

Agents assist vulnerable older people to access information on issues such as day care, foot care, computer training, transport for shopping and medical appointments, finding reputable tradespeople, and help around the home.

The scheme is managed by Hampshire County Council, and delivered by Age Concern Hampshire. For more call 01962 892443 or email villageagent@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk