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Volunteers needed to support older people in Rugeley

Mon 9 Sep 2019

Michelle Cliff (Locality Officer for Cannock Chase) enjoyed a visit at St Pauls church hall in Rugeley to meet the volunteers and members of a lunch group run by MHA Lichfield & District Live at Home 

This weekly group can accommodate up to 25 people for lunch and social activities, the members look forward to the get together’s and enjoy seeing the friends they have made.

Michelle met Dorothy who lives in Rugeley, and has been going to the group since it started, about 14 years ago.  She said, “What I enjoy the most is the friendship and socialising because it keeps my mind active and gives me something to look forward to each week.”

Clive Gunner, the scheme community programme co-ordinator for Rugeley, said that the lunch group is one way of keeping people active, however Live at Home are in need of more volunteers drivers and befrienders in the Rugeley area to help people continue to lead an independent life. Live at Home would welcome anyone seeking a role to help older people who can't get to groups, or who have little social contact. Clive said, there's a waiting list of older people waiting to be connected with a volunteer through our one to one home visiting service. 

Michelle talked to Ian Rose, a volunteer, about how he started as a volunteer and what he enjoys the most.  Ian said that he started looking for a volunteering opportunity when he had to give up work due to a stroke.  He noticed an advert in the Lichfield Volunteer Centre and was offered an opportunity with MHA Live at Home.  He now helps at the lunch club, volunteers as a driver and also a befriender.  Ian said “I enjoy doing things with people and seeing the difference that my involvement makes”.  Ian is also seeking work and hopes that volunteering will help him to find a role based on this experience.

If you can spare a few hours a week to volunteer please contact Lichfield.liveathome@mha.org.uk or call 01543 415020 and quote Support Staffordshire