Volunteer call for new Age UK programme

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Volunteers are being sought to help bereaved people across the Wakefield district learn practical skills and make new friends.

The Touchstones project has been set up to help older people in more rural areas of the district who have lost their partners .

Libby Eades, health and wellbeing worker at Age UK Wakefield District, said: “The aim is to bring people together who have been bereaved and create social networks, particularly in more isolated rural areas.

“We want to help support people going through life changes and regain confidence, and doing things that perhaps their partner did for them.”

As part of the project IT sessions are already taking place, and there are plans for sewing, cooking, car maintenance and gardening sessions in the future.

Age UK is looking for volunteers aged 50 and above who have skills they could share in community sessions.

Libby added: “It’s quite flexible, someone could come along and do three sessions and that’s their involvement, or they may want to continue and do more.

“We also want to know what kind of sessions people want us to run.”