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Royal Voluntary Service receives £10k People’s Postcode Lottery funding to tackle loneliness

PUBLISHED: 12:07 10 February 2016

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The Good Neighbours service currently helps 207 in the area and now hopes to reach an additional 43 older people

An older people’s charity has received £10,000 in funding to help tackle loneliness and isolation among the elderly in Bromley.

The People’s Postcode Lottery funding will be put towards the Royal Voluntary Service’s Good Neighbours scheme which pairs volunteers with older people in the borough.

They can help with basic tasks such as getting some shopping, providing a lift to a doctor’s appointment or day centre, as well as just sitting down for a friendly chat.

The service currently helps 207 in the area and now hopes to reach an additional 43 older people.

Heather James, operations manager for Royal Voluntary Service in London said: “Many people in Bromley are isolated and lonely and are finding it difficult coping on their own.

“Royal Voluntary Service can provide a lifeline and support where friends or family are unable to.

“Whether it’s a cup of tea and a chat or a lift to the shops, we can tailor the support to the needs of the older person.”

Marlene Bonner, whose mother receives support from Royal Voluntary Service said: “I cannot praise the Royal Voluntary Service enough.

“They take and return my mother to the Bertha James Day Centre in Bromley three times a week.

“She is picked up by cheery, happy, drivers who treat her with great patience and respect.

“This service provides me with the respite that I need enabling me to continue to care for my mother in my home.

“Just knowing that they can provide a safe reliable service is a wonderful help to me and I couldn’t manage without them.”


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