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Ready to share your neighbourly goodwill?

Besi Besemar December 18, 2018

Do you have a few hours free each week to help improve the health and well-being of someone who is isolated?

TERRY is eighty-one years old – Nick who visits Terry weekly, is a volunteer at Impetus, a Brighton & Hove charity which connects people together to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing.

Today Nick collected Terry’s prescription then took him to a cafe for tea and cake. They talked, laughed and shared confidences together.

Nick said: “Days spent in his flat alone can be long, boring and depressing for Terry. He has mobility issues and his vision is declining; he can’t watch TV or read.

“Providing companionship for someone who’s lonely, by volunteering with Impetus, was a way of doing something for the community. I did not expect to find a friend!”

“It’s a privilege to be able to bring some joy and happiness into Terry’s life.”

Terry says when he is with Nick he “forgets about his problems.” 

If like Nick you can spare an hour a week to visit a neighbour, get in touch with the Neighbourhood Care Scheme at Impetus. No experience is necessary. Call 01273 775888 or email: