Lonely older people are getting welcome weekly visits from trained volunteers, thanks to a new project set up by Laois Partnership Company.
‘Befriending Laois’ trains volunteers interested in giving an hour a week to visit the elderly or disabled in their community, and finds them a match.
“It might be to go for a gentle walk, or read the newpaper aloud for someone with failing sight,” explained Storm Powell.
Started some months ago, a dozen volunteers are already helping out, to positive feedback.
New volunteers and recipients are invited to call 087 1775729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org