The surgery together with the charity RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) is creating a patient befriending scheme to help combat these feelings of loneliness and isolation.
To operate the befriending scheme, the surgery requires help and is currently recruiting volunteers who are aged 50 plus from the surgery.
At the Doctors request our volunteers may visit the less mobile and elderly patients for a cup of tea and a chat, whether it be on a regular or ad hoc basis.
Over half of over 75-year-olds live alone and have few friends or relatives nearby.
It is a proven fact that an older person’s quality of life can quickly deteriorate through fragility or disability. Frustrated when simple tasks become a struggle, people who live alone can become increasingly lonely and isolated.
RSVP is active across England, Scotland and Wales and is a part of CSV (Community Service Volunteers), and they specialise in engaging and supporting volunteers, aged 50+ who wish to become active in their community.
There are currently 17000 volunteers, giving their time in communities and there are over 250 different RSVP projects and services.
If you are registered with us and want to add something to your community by becoming a volunteer, then please speak to one of our receptionists. You may also like to visit the RSVP website: www.rsvp-west.org.uk