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.”