The Royal Voluntary Service is currently developing a volunteer-led initiative across West Somerset and Taunton to help reduce isolation and loneliness within older people. The project – known as Community Companions – primary focus is to recruit and train small teams of volunteers to provide companion support to the most isolated within their own communities. The more local the focus the better. R V S provides all the background support, DBS’s, safeguarding, insurance and training services for the volunteers to facilitate such activity to happen safely.
They are currently looking to promote the project throughout West Somerset and Taunton. The aim would be to attract volunteers to join the project and establish a local support network that can then reach out to help the most isolated.
For further information please read the Community Companions Guide