Wales

Red Cross volunteer appeal for vulnerable in mid Wales

The British Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help vulnerable people in remote communities in mid Wales.

The charity's outreach project is designed to help people in Powys and Ceredigion who are housebound or living in areas with poor transport links.

Volunteers would be expected to visit homes to offer support and advice or might be asked to be a driver.

The scheme is funded jointly by the Red Cross and the Big Lottery Fund.

The new service launches later this year "providing practical and emotional support to people living in Powys and Ceredigion in their own homes, helping them maintain fulfilling and independent lives".

Jeff Collins, director of the British Red Cross in Wales, said: "The new service has been designed to help us reach more people who are housebound or living in an isolated area of Powys and Ceredigion, and find it hard to access the support they need, sometimes because of issues as simple as having limited access to transport.

"The volunteers we are looking for will be compassionate people who are interested in helping people rebuild links with their communities, in order to combat isolation and loneliness, which can often contribute to health and other problems."

The Red Cross said volunteers would be asked to give a little of their time to support people in their communities, and they did not need experience as full training would be given.

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