Salvation Army issues plea for volunteers

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THE Salvation Army in Portsmouth is looking for volunteers to help them support the city’s older people.

Currently 80 people work for free with the charity to run the Good Neighbours scheme, a befriending and support service for those over-65 who live alone and suffer from social or emotional isolation.

Volunteers visit around 200 people in their homes to spend quality time with them – or telephone them on a regular basis for a friendly chat.

Project manager Julie Minter said they needed more people to give up their time.

She said: ‘Although we have a healthy number of volunteers, with life expectancy increasing the demand for our service is unceasing so we are always on the lookout for new volunteers to help continue this vital scheme.’

The service is funded by Portsmouth City Council and provided free of charge to clients.

For further information, please call (023) 9289 0958.

Alternatively you can e-mail goodneighbours@haven