AN ASHBOURNE volunteer service is on the lookout for more people to join its team.
Readycall, which is based at the Volunteer Centre in Dig Street, provides befriending, shopping and practical help to people living in the area and bosses want to hear from potential volunteers.
Jo Kay, 97, from Ashbourne, has been using the Readycall service for over a year and is supported at home by ‘befriender’ Dawn Moran, who takes Mrs Kay out for lunch or visits for a chat over a hot drink.
The pair were introduced when Mrs Kay’s daughter, who also works as a volunteer, approached the centre for someone to keep her mother company while she was away.
Mrs Kay said: “As you get older the days get long when you’re on your own, which isn’t so good when you are used to other people being around like I am.
“Dawn is the ideal person for this job. We get on like a house on fire and clicked straight away.
“I worked as a volunteer for 30 years and served alongside 55 other women as a reservist during the war.
“Coming from a large family, I’m not used to an empty house.”
Mrs Moran started working with her local volunteer centre more than 18 months ago and has supported people in different ways, ranging from helping with shopping to reading aloud for someone who is partially-sighted.
Through her role as a befriender she has received training in safeguarding, first aid and operating a wheelchair.
She said: “The training is useful as it’s important to maintain a balance between your own natural concern for people and respect for their privacy.”
Readycall volunteers receive training, support and out of pocket expenses.
To find out more about befriending opportunities, or other roles at Readycall, call Polly Yates on 01335 343287 or email email@example.com