Pioneering scheme to help the vulnerable to be launched in Darlington (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Pioneering scheme to help the vulnerable to be launched in Darlington
4:54pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A PIONEERING scheme encouraging people to be good neighbours is being launched in Darlington tomorrow (Tuesday, October 1).
The Good Friends project, run in partnership with Age UK Darlington, Darlington Police, and Darlington Neighbourhood Watch Association, will urge people to look out for elderly, vulnerable or isolated people in their community in a bid to help them to continue living independently.
Led by Age UK Darlington, the scheme was chosen as a priority for the Darlington Partnership group and organisers hope to get 1,000 residents involved in its first pilot year.
An Age UK Darlington spokesperson said: “A simple gesture once or twice a week can make all the difference. By getting neighbours of all ages talking and caring for each other then we will set an example for future generations.
“A Good Friend could be anyone and is ideal for people with busy lives who may work fulltime and cannot commit to a bigger volunteering role, but who wants to help people in their community.
“We hope the project will help people to feel more supported, increasing their confidence to be able to cope on their own.”
The scheme is being launched tomorrow in Darlington’s Dolphin Centre (Tuesday, October 1) as part of the national UK Older People’s Day, which will see a number of venues across the town centre host events throughout the day.
For more information on becoming a Good Friend, visit goodfriends.org.uk or call Lynn Walton or James Dobson on 01325-362832.
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