Uttlesford: Volunteers needed to help launch the voice of a generation

Age UK Essex, Uttlesford CVS, Uttlesford Older People’s Forum and Felsted Friendship Club join force

Age UK Essex, Uttlesford CVS, Uttlesford Older People’s Forum and Felsted Friendship Club join forces to recruit volunteers for the Voice Network. (Front left to right: Dianne Redfern and Gwyneth Southgate. Back left to right: Wendy Bartholomeusz, Michelle Martin, Peter Fentem, Jacqueline Innes, Kenneth Wilson) - Credit: Archant

VOLUNTEERS are needed to become the “eyes and ears” of the district’s older generation.

Age UK Essex is recruiting for its new Voice Network programme, designed to give older people in Uttlesford a voice. The volunteers will work within their own community attending talks, events and meetings in order to share information on Age UK Essex and other local services with older people, their families and carers, clubs and groups.

They will collect feedback on services and identifying the key issues affecting older people in Uttlesford, which will then be reported back to Age UK Essex and raised with key decision makers at a local and, if required, a regional level.

The network aims to ensure clubs, groups and key organisations work together for the benefit of older people and will work in partnership with organisations including Uttlesford CVS, Felsted Friendship Club and the Uttelsford Older People’s Forum.

Age UK Essex community engagement manager, Michelle Martin, described the Voice Network as “an exciting project” for residents while offering volunteers the opportunity to make “a profound difference to the lives of older people within their local community”.

“Through our team of volunteers we can share vital information which will enable people to make informed decisions and where possible support independent living and prevent social isolation,” she added.

“Our volunteers will become the eyes and ears of the community and through their knowledge of the community Age UK Essex can campaign to ensure key decision makers are aware of the major issues older people in the area are facing.”

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The role will suit anyone who is confident talking to a range of people, a good listener, and able to give up four to five hours per week.

If you are interested in becoming a Voice Network Volunteer contact Age UK Essex volunteer manager on 01245 423331 or e-mail jacqui.mee@ageukessex.org.uk