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Supporters honoured for their work with older people

Volunteer celebration evening

Volunteers and community partners took centre stage at a special evening celebrating the difference they make to the lives of older people in Stoke and North Staffordshire.

Matt Ford, Development Officer of the Young at Heart project, arranged the celebration to honour those people who give their time and resources to support older people who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Volunteers help in many ways, including helping at lunch clubs and social events, speaking to people on the phone, supporting them on excursions, carrying out gardening and being a friendly face and someone to chat to. Community partners include local shops and organisations that provide food for the clubs, packed lunches for trips out and other resources.

The event was well attended by volunteers and partners, as well as priests from the parishes in which the projects are based. Peter Coates, Chairman of Stoke City Football Club, also attended the event, giving out certificates of thanks to volunteers and partners and talking to them about what they do.

Matt talked about what they have achieved since the project began and the impact that each volunteer or partner has made on local people. There were also photos and videos showing the scale of the work carried out in each of the parishes where they work.

Matt said, “The help they give is so important. Every bit of support people can give makes a huge difference to the older people. It’s important to recognise that – to show our volunteers and partners how much we appreciate all they do.”

To find out more about Young at Heart visit the Young at Heart pages on this website.

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