Improved service for elderly people after group’s move

The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard  Dickson meets staff and supporters at Martin Snape House during the opening of the new Age Concern information centre. (left to right), Chairman Frank Dunn, Secretary Jean Chase, and former co-ordinator Richard Sadler.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13112-1)
The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson meets staff and supporters at Martin Snape House during the opening of the new Age Concern information centre. (left to right), Chairman Frank Dunn, Secretary Jean Chase, and former co-ordinator Richard Sadler.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13112-1)
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A SERVICE for elderly people has received a boost after moving its services to a new home.

Age Concern Gosport’s information service is now located at Martin Snape House in Pavilion Way, Gosport after being housed at the Methodist Church in Stoke Road for decades.

The move to the home of Gosport Voluntary Action has meant that the three-strong team running the group have been able to get more volunteers.

They need people to pick up voicemails and direct elderly people to services for two hours each a day.

Frank Dunn, chair of Age Concern Gosport for 25 years, said the new location meant they already had new volunteers. He said: ‘Now we’ve got six or seven – we’re only open two hours a day but it’s a commitment we want people to make. The volunteer side of things is far better than I ever thought it would be.

‘They come here for a couple of hours and answer the phone and use the internet because that’s the way we find out what we need to know – we’re using that more than we ever did.’

Elderly people who face difficulty with day-to-day tasks can get help from the service, as they point them to organisations offering to clean their home, garden or even help them move house.

And with the service now at its new location alongside Gosport Voluntary Action’s projects, elderly people can now access a host of services in the building.

Mr Dunn said: ‘It’s all a question of guiding people in the right direction.

‘It’s all done through Gosport Voluntary Action but we tell them where to go.’

The new office was officially opened by the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson on Monday.

He thanked Mr Dunn and the secretary, Jean Chase, and also recognised former chairman Richard Sadler’s work.

The service is open Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm – call (023) 92 604 699 to speak to the team or leave a message.