SO45 Lottery will be giving 50% of this months Lottery to Age Concern New Forest based in Dibden Purlieu.
Age Concern New Forest is a local charity providing vital services to older people living in the community. They receive no funding for the work that they do, relying solely upon the income from their 3 charity shops as well as kind and generous donations from local businesses and organisations. They have 8 part time staff and approximately 200 Volunteers.
Their Information and Advice Service covers all manner of topics but the majority of our work seems to be with ensuring older people receive the benefits they entitled to. This also means helping them to fill in the necessary forms which can be most daunting. So far, this financial year, they have secured £330,000 per annum in previously unclaimed benefits. They also give guidance to families of older people particularly when they are considering moving their loved one into a care home and need support. Age Concern work closely with other organisations in an effort to provide a seamless support service to older people and their families including the Alzheimers’s Society who currently hold a monthly drop-in at their offices. They are also members of the New Forest Advice Network.
Age Concern New Forest have Footcare clinics in 5 venues across their area, providing an affordable service which ensures that older people have regular footcare. There is proof that this helps them to maintain independence and mobility, reduces falls and hospital admissions as well as providing general wellbeing.
Three lunch clubs are held – two each week in Totton and two each month in Hythe on Sundays. These not only provide older people with a nourishing hot meal on a regular basis (sometimes the only one they have each week) but encourages social interaction and general wellbeing.
A Befriending Service provides isolated older people with a regular visitor in their own home. To support this they also run telephone buddying for those who prefer a regular phone call chat and for those who are awaiting a regular befriender.
Waterside Goodneighbours holds a database of Volunteers who are willing to undertake day to day tasks for people living on the Waterside regardless of age. This can be shopping, walking a dog, small DIY jobs etc.
Computer clubs are held in Fawley and Hythe, encouraging older people to get the most out of their IT equipment. They also offer a one to one service, where a Volunteer can visit someone in their own home and give one to one assistance.
If you would like more information on how Age Concern New Forest might be able to assist an elderly person you know or would like information on volunteering, please visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/southampton/ or call Barbara or Jean on 02380 841199.
AGE CONCERN NEW FOREST
Registered Charity No. 1076585