Volunteers and staff at The Meadows in Spalding.

Centre for elderly appeals for volunteers

A charity that provides weekday social sessions for the elderly is on the lookout for more volunteers.

The Meadows, which runs The Sir John Van Geest Centre in Spalding, is getting busier as people return to its sessions.

But that means it needs more volunteers to help it put on and feed its attendees as well as help them get there.

The charity is particularly looking for drivers that pick up those that attend and escorts who help ensure their journeys run smoothly.

They also need more help with the daily sessions.

Liz Walmsley, who helps out at the centre after recently retiring as general manager, said: “A number of volunteers who have been helping out for years decided to retire during the enforced break in sessions due to COVID-19 and now, thankfully, numbers of people using us is rising again.

“We need more people to help with the elderly, be it serving food and drinks or something like play dominoes with them or helping them get to us.

“We provide training and it helps people to further their careers.

“We’ve had drivers move on to places like Call Connect as one of many benefits to volunteering.

“It gives people confidence to get out and it’s so rewarding, particularly at the minute as you help people socialise who have been shielding for months.

“It’s nice to be able to help that socialising happen again.”

Anyone interested is asked to contact Maisie or Michelle on 01775 720305 or for more information visit www.themeadowsspalding.co.uk/

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