Every one of us can make a difference, every day.

  1. Start a conversation with those you meet out and about, show interest and warmth, and if they are an elderly neighbour ask if they need any practical help.
  2. Get to know your neighbours – seize the opportunity to introduce yourself when you see them, particularly those who may live alone or rarely leave the house.
  3. Share your time – offering from as little as 30 minutes a month, there are ways we can make a real difference through volunteering:
  • Cambridgeshire Library at Home service uses a network of volunteers to take books out to people who are unable to visit a library, and needs more volunteers.
  • Care Network Cambridgeshire would welcome volunteers for their help at home service, supporting people returning from hospital, and as community navigators.
  • Community Network is looking for volunteers to run one-hour phone chat groups.
  • Contact the Elderly holds monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for over-75s and needs volunteer drivers and hosts.
  • Friends of the Elderly needs volunteers to help with its day centres, telephone befriending groups and coffee mornings in sheltered housing schemes.
  • Royal Voluntary Service wants volunteers who can help an older person with little tasks, such as doing their shopping and taking their dog for a walk, or delivering meals.
  • The Silver Line needs people to help deliver this new helpline for older people.
  • Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has lots of volunteering opportunities and is currently looking for volunteer visitors for the visiting scheme
  • Do-it volunteer for people and causes that matter to you.

There are six volunteer centres in Cambridgeshire which can answer your questions and help you to find opportunities:

All of these things can make a difference, and research shows that helping others is rewarding by boosting  self-esteem, sense of purpose and contributing to the communities we live in.

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