Volunteers can make all the difference!

Press Release: 05/05/2011

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Winchester City Council is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help launch an exciting new pilot programme in Winnall and Stanmore. 

The Village Information and Service Adviser (VISA) programme will place local, trusted volunteers in the neighbourhoods of Winnall and Stanmore in Winchester, to help provide a little bit of information about services available to older people in these communities.

Research has shown us that many older people are uncomfortable using a computer or making multiple telephone calls to find out about services and activities.  Now, with the help of their local VISA volunteer, older people will be able to get face-to-face information about services such as lunch clubs, benefits, healthcare and more.

Providing access to a little bit of help at the right time, such as assistance with gardening or easing fuel poverty, can help older people stay independent, active and in their own homes for longer. 

The VISA programme is being run in partnership with Hampshire County Council, Winchester Area Community Action, Age Concern Winchester and the Winchester District Over 55’s Forum. 

Recruiting for VISA volunteers is now open!  If you live in Winnall or Stanmore, would like to help older people in your community and have 4 to 6 hours a week to dedicate to this worthwhile programme, please let us know!

For more information about the VISA programme, please contact SarahKate Abercrombie, Community Wellbeing Officer at Winchester City Council on sabercrombie@winchester.gov.uk or 01962 848 497.