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Age UK Needs Volunteers

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6:50am 4th August 2014

A scheme in Dorchester, which helps elderly people who have faced life-changing events, is looking for new volunteers.

The advocacy scheme - run by the local Age UK centre - assists older people with day-to-day issues by representing them and enabling them to support themselves.

Volunteers give at least one day a week to visit an elderly person to help them with tasks such as paying bills and responding to letters requesting payments. The aim is to enable a person to be able to take control of their own life by giving them all the support and information they need.

Peter Lindsley, Head of Information and Advice at Age UK Dorchester said: "What our Advocacy do is we try and provide financial capability for older people who've suffered a life change.

"Typically, that would be where someone has lost a partner, leaving the survivor to deal with financial problems that reach into the areas of pensions, income tax and housing. It's issues that statutory agencies are unable or unwilling to do.

"We're looking for anyone who's got enthusiasm, life skills, people who are willing to delve into and pursue issues on behalf of people. What we're trying to do is help people become less isolated, help them achieve some self-esteem and confidence."

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