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Written by Bob Hills   

VILLAGE AGENTS

Lynda Bartholomew and Bob Hills are the ‘Village Agent’ volunteers  for Burghclere, area.  They are  part of a Hampshire County Council’s- funded programme aimed at reaching out to older people in rural areas.
The idea behind Village Agents like Lynda and Bob is to signpost people over the age of 55 to a variety of services that will enable them to live independently in their own homes for longer.
Lynda and Bob, who are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire, the organisation which coordinates the programme, said: “The Village Agents are well respected volunteers who operate in rural areas of the County, identified by Age Concern Hampshire and Hampshire County Council, where there are older people who might need information and support. Our voluntary role is not to compete against other agencies already in place, but signpost where there is a need. We have lots of resources and contacts and have undergone training by Age Concern Hampshire. We will also receive training from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and will be able to carry out Free Basic Home Fire Safety checks for older people.”
Lynda and Bob also say “we hope to get to know  a lot of people in the area  and am busy making as many contacts as possible to reach some older people who may be isolated and in need of support if they wish it.”
We can provide information about many issues including

  • Getting out and about: where to get transport for shopping, who organises trips, where to get help getting to the hospital appointment and local activities and events.
  • -fire safety survey. They  can also help point towards a selection of reputable trades people, show where to look for care options, gardening help, home maintenance, using a computer and keeping safe and warm in winter.
  • Money matters:they are not advisors, but have direct contact with the staff and volunteers in Age Concern Hampshire, Information and Advice Unit, who are trained advisors.
  • Security: They can also help organise local presentations on subjects such as Scams or rogue traders through her direct link with Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards.
  • If you want to chat to them and put any of these things to the test they can be contacted on 07813 368 259 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  •  Alternatively if you cannot reach them then call free to 0800 328 7154 where your message will be dealt with in Age Concern Hampshire or your details passed on to them.




 

Lynda Bartholomew and Bob Hills are the ‘Village Agent’ volunteers  for Burghclere, area.  They are  part of a Hampshire County Council’s- funded programme aimed at reaching out to older people in rural areas.
The idea behind Village Agents like Lynda and Bob is to signpost people over the age of 55 to a variety of services that will enable them to live independently in their own homes for longer.
Lynda and Bob, who are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire, the organisation which coordinates the programme, said: “The Village Agents are well respected volunteers who operate in rural areas of the County, identified by Age Concern Hampshire and Hampshire County Council, where there are older people who might need information and support. Our voluntary role is not to compete against other agencies already in place, but signpost where there is a need. We have lots of resources and contacts and have undergone training by Age Concern Hampshire. We will also receive training from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and will be able to carry out Free Basic Home Fire Safety checks for older people.”
Lynda and Bob also say “we hope to get to know  a lot of people in the area  and are busy making as many contacts as possible to reach some older people who may be isolated and in need of support if they wish it.”
We can provide information about many issues including

  • Getting out and about: where to get transport for shopping, who organises trips, where to get help getting to the hospital appointment and local activities and events.
  • -fire safety survey. They  can also help point towards a selection of reputable trades people, show where to look for care options, gardening help, home maintenance, using a computer and keeping safe and warm in winter.
  • Money matters:they are not advisors, but have direct contact with the staff and volunteers in Age Concern Hampshire, Information and Advice Unit, who are trained advisors.
  • Security: They can also help organise local presentations on subjects such as Scams or rogue traders through her direct link with Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards.
  • If you want to chat to them and put any of these things to the test they can be contacted on 07813 368 259 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ” Alternatively if you cannot reach them then call free to
  • 0800 328 7154 where your message will be dealt with in Age Concern Hampshire or
  •  your details passed on to them.
  • Please be assured that all conversations are dealt with in confidence.

Age Concern Hampshire

 








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