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Regulars of Northwood Live at Home Scheme welcomed a new volunteer on Friday 4 June.

Members of the Scheme were delighted to be served their coffee and have a chat with Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, at one of their regular gettogethers.

The Scheme, part of MHA, the nationwide charity for older people, was established to enable people to live more fulfilled lives by providing befriending services with the help of local volunteers.

Northwood Live at Home offers opportunities for social contact and support for older people living at home to remain connected with their community and avoid loneliness. Activities include a weekly lunch club, launched last year which has been a huge success, shopping, and outings such as theatre trips.

‘Volunteers are crucial’ says Northwood Live at Home Manager, Angela O’Malley, ‘we serve around 120 local older people and a friendly chat and an offer of help from one of our volunteers can make all the difference.’

‘Companionship and the opportunity to get out and about and see people and simply enjoy ourselves on a regular basis makes life worth living for all of us’ adds Angela ‘We’re thrilled that Nick has taken the time to meet us’.

New volunteers or members to any of MHA’s Live at Home schemes are welcomed. Contact details are available at www.mha.org.uk or tel 01332 296 200

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