Richard and John are our newly appointed ‘Village Agent’ volunteers for Colden Common. They are part of a programme, organised by Age Concern Hampshire and funded by Hampshire County Council, which is aimed at reaching out to older people in rural areas.
The idea behind Village Agents like John and Richard is to signpost people over the age of 55 to a variety of services that will enable them to live independently in their own homes for longer.
Richard and John, who are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire, said:
“The Village Agents are volunteers who operate in rural areas of the County where there are older people who might need information and support. Our role as Village Agents is not to compete with other agencies, but to guide those in need to the appropriate organisation. We have lots of resources and contacts and are undergoing training by Age Concern Hampshire. We will also receive training from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and will be able to carry out free basic Home Fire Safety checks for older people.
We hope to get to know a lot of people in the area and are busy making as many contacts as possible to reach those who may be isolated and in need of support, but only if they wish it.”
John and Richard can provide information about many issues including:
- Getting out and about: where to get transport for shopping, who organises trips, where to get help in getting to hospital appointments, and what other local activities and events there are.
- Around the home: they can point towards a selection of reputable trades people, show where to look for care options, gardening help, home maintenance, using a computer and keeping safe and warm in winter. They can also provide a basic home fire safety check, as indicated above.
- Money matters: Richard and John are not advisors, but they have direct contact with the staff and volunteers of Age Concern Hampshire, who are trained advisors.
- Security: John and Richard can also help organise local talks and presentations on subjects such as scams and rogue traders through their direct link with Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards department.
If you want to chat to Richard and John and put any of these things to the test they can be contacted direct on 07580 207285 or 01962 714178. Alternatively call free to 0800 328 7154 where your message will be dealt with by Age Concern Hampshire and your details passed on to Richard and John.