It’s never too late to make a new friend

Release Date: 29 September 2017

Sunday 1 October marks the International Day of Older Persons, and Richmond Council is encouraging its older residents to combat isolation by getting involved in their community through volunteering and accessing the wide range of exciting activities offered by local voluntary organisations.

There are eight Neighbourhood Care Groups across the borough who offer practical help and support to older people in the community through a volunteer driver scheme and other forms of social interaction. 

Some organisations also run trips and offer fun activities for people who may otherwise struggle to get around. They are always on the lookout for extra pairs of helping hands and would welcome new volunteers who can either be a volunteer driver or get involved in running the activities. 

For people transitioning out of the full-time work force these groups provide a way to keep active and social whilst giving back to your neighbourhood. Volunteering with these groups is flexible, fun and is an excellent way of getting to know people in your community.

The day is the start of a week of events for older residents including Age UK’s Silver Sunday, a day of free events and activities for older people, and a coffee/tea morning at 10.30am at our Barnes Green Centre on Tuesday.

Cllr David Marlow, Cabinet member for Adult Services and Health said:

“As older people transition from work to retirement they can often face increased social isolation. These Groups combat that by getting them involved in voluntary work which aids their local communities.

“Ensuring our older residents live full, happy, independent lives is a priority for the Council. Marking this occasion this week is perfect timing as the Council heads towards our annual Full of Life Fair on Friday.

“The Fair is a free annual event aims to enhance digital skills and promote healthy and independent living, tackling isolation and loneliness open for residents over 55, returning once more.”

Aiden Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Age UK in Richmond said:

“National Older People’s day is a fantastic opportunity to pause and think about older people and to celebrate their contribution to society. We are delighted to be joining in these celebrations and putting on some great events across the borough.

“The day is the start of a week of events for older residents culminating in the Full of Life Fair at Twickenham Stadium on Friday. As well putting on their usual fun activities Age UK Richmond will be holding a number of events to celebrate which includes a talk about 'Autumn at Kew' at their Barnes Green Centre followed by lunch on 3 October and the opportunity to take a stroll around Strawberry Hill House gardens with a guided tour on 5 October. For more information you can contact the Age UK Richmond’s First Contact telephone line on 020 8878 3073.”

To find out more about the neighbourhood care groups, volunteering and wider range of services for older people please contact:

  • Hampton and Hampton Hill Voluntary Care Group - 020 8979 9662
  • Teddington and Hampton Wick Voluntary Care Group - 020 8943 3112
  • Whitton Network - 020 8755 1336
  • S.O.S Ham and Petersham - 020 8948 1090
  • HANDs Twickenham - 020 8891 3346
  • Richmond Good Neighbours - 020 8332 9741
  • Kew Neighbourhood Association (K.N.A) - 020 8948 8054
  • F.I.S.H – Barnes, Mortlake, East Sheen - 020 8876 3335
  • Age UK Richmond - 020 8878 3073
  • RCVS Volunteering Service - 020 8843 7945

Find out more about the Full of Life Fair and register now.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact lyle.skipsey@richmond.gov.uk  on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P449/17

Updated: 2 October 2017