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Volunteer Action South Leicestershire (VASL) is a local charity which runs the Community Champions project, aiming to reduce loneliness in people over 60 in the Harborough District.

We offer volunteer befrienders that visit people at home, digital support to help people get online, pen-pals, telephone befriending and monthly social gatherings. Helping people to reconnect, make friends and improve the quality of their lives.

We’re working with local villages and rural communities to ensure our project reaches those who need it most. We hope to add value to whatever is being offered in the local community.

Anyone who is 60 years old plus, lives alone, without a diagnosis of dementia or a mental health problem can access our project.
We hope to add value to whatever is being offered in the local community.
We are also looking for volunteers:

  • Community Champions to visit people at home for a social chat or to go out together. You’ll be matched to the person you support for a year so will have plenty of time to build their social confidence and connections.
  • Telephone Champions to call isolated people on a regular basis, giving them companionship, support and information.
  • Digital Volunteers to visit isolated people at home and show them how to use and benefit from the internet. There’s a world of online information and support out there, as well as communities of like-minded people and fun, enriching activities. You’ll help people discover easy ways to keep in touch e.g., Skype, Facebook.
  • Pen Pals to correspond with people through the regular exchange of news -filled letters.

As well as enjoying the rewards of enriching people’s lives and taking part in an exciting community project, volunteering could also help you build your skills, experience and confidence, boost your CV, meet new friends and connect with a wide range of local people and organisations. Full training will be provided. To find out more contact the Community Champions team on 01858 43926, champions@vasl.org.uk or look at our website www.vasl.org.uk.


Sam Gisborne
Issue 410
March 2019

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