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Make new friends by becoming a social activities volunteer with Bield Housing & Care

Members of the West Calder community are being sought to help older people in their area by joining the social activities team at Stewart Court.

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Volunteers play an important role in helping to reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation which can have a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of older people by running a range of fun activities.

Craig Meek, Development Manager at Stewart Court, said: “It’s great having volunteers. It means so much to tenants and their families knowing that there is always an activity going on, whether it’s one-to-one sessions or group activities. When visitors come in they are amazed at the lively and friendly atmosphere.

“On many an occasion, family members have said how lonely and isolated their relative was before coming here. Now they check the lounge before going to their relative’s flat, because they’re probably having fun with new friends.”

Current activities at Stewart Court include breakfast clubs, lunch clubs, arts and crafts, a walking group and other social events. However, those who have a passion for other hobbies and skills are encouraged to share their interests.

Amy Telford, Volunteer Development Worker at Bield, said: “Our social activities simply wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers.

“If you would like to help make a real difference to the lives of older people, we’d love to hear from you. It’s a great thing to add to your CV too.”

Volunteers must be aged 16 or over.Training, ongoing support and expenses are provided. For more information or to apply, please visit www.bield.co.uk or call 0131 273 4029.

Stewart Court, West Calder is a Bield development for those aged 50 and over who want to be able to retain their independence while having help on hand when needed.

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