Food and Friendship Befriending Service

Age Concern Hampshire are publicising the need for volunteers for their Food and Friendship service, which is available currently in East Hampshire, Basingstoke and Deane, Eastleigh, Gosport, Havant, Rushmoor, Test Valley and Winchester.

Food and Friendship is a free of charge service available to Meals on Wheels customers who would like a regular visit from a friendly volunteer between 11.30am and 4.00pm. The service is run by Age Concern Hampshire and has been funded by Hampshire County Council and the District Councils.

The volunteers will call on Meals on Wheels customers at home and help make mealtimes a little more enjoyable, to chat about things that interest the client, and to let them know what is going on in their local community. The volunteers will also be able to offer ideas on healthy snacks and meals, for which full training and support will be provided by Age Concern Hampshire.

Social isolation and poor nutrition are issues that affect significant numbers of older people and it would be much appreciated if you could help combat this.