Local charity Care Home Volunteers wants more volunteers to share friendly conversation companionship with elderly people living in care homes in Salisbury, Amesbury and Downton. They could help those who do not have regular visits from friends and family – helping them to keep in touch with the outside world.

Research shows one in 10 care home residents in the UK are socially isolated (Relatives & Residents Association, 2010). The charity’s vision is for people to ‘enjoy improved well-being, social interaction, health and quality of life through befriending visits by volunteers from the local community.’

Last year, volunteers in the Salisbury area made 900 visits to residents at 11 different care homes. Kate Brooks, Volunteer Coordinator for Salisbury, said: “If you can spare one or two hours a week, get in touch, or come to our information stand at Salisbury Library on Saturday, February 29, between 10am and 12pm.”

Care Home Volunteers is a charity which recruits, trains and supports volunteers to spend quality time with older residents in care homes, helping them to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.

Contact Kate on 07931 022824 or email kateb@carehomevolunteers.org.uk.