Healthy Neighbourhoods scheme comes to Sidmouth

Good neighbours are being encouraged to become good friends in a scheme with Big Lottery funding.

Healthy Neighbourhoods is inviting residents to an open day at Sidmouth Library to find out more about joining as a volunteer.

Project manager Sarah Forde said: “Opportunities include supporting a person to return home from hospital, including making their home ready, turning the heating on, picking up essential items from the shop and having a cooked meal ready for them.

“They can also support with practical help and befriending, such as having a cuppa and chat with a person in their home.

“Volunteers can get involved at a level to suit them, and give as much time as they are able to.

“Free training is provided, including a comprehensive induction programme with continued support to help all volunteers.

“Agreed out-of-pocket expenses will also be paid.”

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The open day will begin at 10am and run until noon on Wednesday (February 1).

For more information on Healthy Neighbourhoods, call 01392 824752.