Village Agent

 

Village Agent - Age Concern Hampshire

 

Sarah Garland is the ‘Village Agent’ volunteer  for Highclere, East Woodhay and Ashmansworth area.  She is 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 Sarah 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.
Sarah, who is a volunteer 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. My voluntary role is not to compete against other agencies already in place, but signpost where there is a need. I have lots of resources and contacts and have undergone training by Age Concern Hampshire. I 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.”
Sarah also said “I 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.”
Sarah can provide information about many issues including

If you want to chat to Sarah and put any of these things to the test she can be contacted direct on 07806 659449 or highclereva@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk. Alternatively if you cannot reach Sarah then call free to 0800 328 7154 where your message will be dealt with in Age Concern Hampshire or your details passed on to Sarah.

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