Newly elected Kate Walker said: “I am very pleased to have been elected as the new Chairman of the Parish Council. I would like to thank Cllr Steve Haywood for his dedication to the post over the last year and my fellow councillors for the support they have shown in voting for me to undertake this role.
“Mountsorrel is a fantastic village in which to reside, work, visit and enjoy life. I have a long association with the village and have been fortunate enough to both live and work here. Before moving to Mountsorrel, I spent over 20 years (since 1987) as Practice Manager at Alpine House Surgery. I have now lived in the village for three years.
“These are very challenging times for us all and the Council will not be immune. Since joining the council I proposed that we undertake a Peer Review.”
A Peer Review is a review of the parish council's governance and accountability, undertaken by a recognised peer group or organisation.
Cllr Walker said: “It provides our residents with reassurance that the Council is undertaking its duties and responsibilities in an accountable and transparent way.
“We used the services of Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) who came and took a snap shot over several days of interviews and document checking, as to where the Council is in relation to its governance, accountability and then provided us with a draft report. This draft report is currently being considered by Councillors.
“It is important that we are open with parishioners and consult with them. I am keen to drive through greater community consultation, transparency and governance and I am very much looking forward to my new role in our community and to serve the residents of Mountsorrel.”
• At the May meeting of the parish council, Cllr Beth Benner was elected Vice Chairman.
Parish Council notes
A FULL meeting of Mountsorrel Parish Council was held on February 10.
It was reported that the Bond Lane project would be completed by the end of February or the beginning of March.
In public participation questions were raised about the expenditure report, particularly relating to confidential transactions and the final payment to Stepnell, the installation of new safety barriers at the Memorial Centre and the progress of the path repairs at the cemetery.
The clerk reported that the confidential transactions related to casual bar staff wages, bad weather had delayed path repairs and the safety barriers would be inspected.
Police Sergeant Rod Smart reported there had been four thefts from vehicles, two stolen vehicles and one burglary of commercial premises. Four individuals have been arrested on drug related charges.
It was reported that there are continuing problems with flooding at the Primrose Hill development.
Mr Paul Reeve of ‘Mr Paul’ barbershop and the Mountsorrel Community Team community team will receive certificates of commendation for their contribution to the village.
It was agreed that the vandalism of the Loughborough Road play area continue to be monitored and that the local beat officer be asked to visit it on his rounds.
It was agreed to pay £2060 for the restoration of the Remembrance wall at the cemetery.
Representatives from Mountsorrel Youth Café and the Leicestershire and Rutland Youth & Family Services (LRYFS) spoke to counsellors about the future of the café and youth services within the village. It was agreed to support in principle the LRYFS plans for continuation of youth service provision.
A full meeting of Mountsorrel Parish Council was held on March 9.
PCSO Jarvis reported that in the last month there had been one theft of a motor vehicle, one theft from a motor-vehicle and two burglaries.
It was reported that the Bond Lane project would be completed on April 20.
It was agreed to spend £602 on one month’s funding of a LRYFS youth worker. Consideration of a request from LRYFS for a £20,000 grant was deferred.
Following an incident at Mountsorrel cemetery it was agreed to pay the funeral directors £1375 and the sum of £2626 to the complainant in full and final settlement.
It was agreed to let retail unit B at the Memorial Centre to a barber/hairdressing business.
A full meeting of Mountsorrel Parish Council was held on May 11 using Zoom (there was no meeting in April).
Chairman Steve Haywood thanked all the key workers and volunteers in the village for the efforts they are making during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was reported that the Revival 2020 has been cancelled.
The council elected a chairman for the ensuing year. There were two candidates, Councillor Steve Haywood and Councillor Kate Walker. Councillor Walker was elected 7 votes to 5. There were two candidates for the position of vice chairman, Councillor Paul Harris and Councillor Elizabeth Benner. Councillor Benner was elected.
Councillor Pirt proposed a vote of thanks to Councillor Haywood and Councillor Harris for their service to the Parish Council and the village.
It was agreed to approve a grant of £20,000 to LRYFS for the provision of Youth work in the village.
MOUNTSORREL’S ANNUAL Revival event, due to be held in August, has been cancelled.
Organisers, the Mountsorrel Community Team, met via a video conference on April 27 and decided they had no option but to cancel the event due to the pandemic.
In a statement on their website they gave the main reasons for the decision:
• Social distancing is still highly likely to be in place
• Without a vaccine vulnerable people are still likely to be at elevated risk
• Some of the funding needed to run a free event will not be available
• Some processes needed to set up the event are currently suspended
THERE IS a vacancy on Mountsorrel Parish Council due to the resignation of Penny Maguire.
The Parish Council can fill the vacancy by co-option if 10 or more electors do not request an election.
To be considered for co-option, candidates can send a letter of application to the clerk at Mountsorrel Parish Council.
MOUNTSORREL LIBRARY has been closed to the public since March 19 due to the current Covid 19 epidemic and the subsequent government advice.
All loans have been extended until at least July 4 and users are requested not to try to return them earlier as this might result in books being lost or damaged and users being fined.
Users can still access the e-book, audiobook, e-newspaper and e-magazine service from the comfort of their own home.
All details are available from the Leicestershire Library Service webpage https://bit.ly/2TelsDJ or on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mountsorrellibrary/
MOUNTSORREL PARISH Council are now holding virtual meetings using the app Zoom.
Members of the public can view the meetings and participate in the public participation part of the agenda. Agendas are published on the council’s website and include Zoom links to the meeting.
Those without a computer will find telephone numbers on the agenda that they can ring to enable them to listen in to meetings.
The first meeting using Zoom was the annual parish meeting when the council elect a new chairman for the ensuing year.
Councillor Kate Walker was elected chairman and Councillor Beth Benner was elected vice chairman.
Councillor Benner said: “Kate and I are both very grateful for the hard work and service of the outgoing chair Councillor Steve Haywood and Vice chairman Paul Harris.”
Mountsorrel quarry donates PPE
Pic: NHS staff with the donated items
AN EMPLOYEE at Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry has answered a personal plea from his NHS frontline wife by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to the local hospital where she works as a deputy sister.
Duncan Green, an asphalt supervisor at the quarry, approached the site management team after his wife returned home from work at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, concerned that low supplies of PPE meant they could run out.
Usually based on the endoscopy ward, as more patients have been admitted with COVID-19, Duncan’s wife has been moved to a respiratory ward.
Duncan explains: “Although the hospital currently has supplies of PPE my wife was understandably worried that there could come a time when the right kit wasn’t available.
“I knew the team at work would want to help any way they could and I was really pleased to be able to pass on some FFP3 face masks, gloves and visors.”
Mountsorrel Quarry is an important manufacturing hub for essential materials, required to maintain critical regional and national transport infrastructure. The team there is working in strict accordance with government and public health guidance, helping to keep the roads, highways and railways open so health and social care staff can get to work, emergency services can operate safely and key resources such as food and fuel can move around the country.
Mountsorrel works manager, Trevor Warren, said: “We’re really proud of work the team is doing to support vital infrastructure at this important time. We know that many people in our team have personal connections to the NHS and other care workers and it’s always been important to us to support our people and local communities wherever we can.
“We are so grateful to Duncan’s wife, her colleagues and everyone in the health service for their work and providing some PPE was the least we could do.”
The donation made by the team at Mountsorrel is part of a wider employee led campaign in Tarmac which has seen sites donate PPE to NHS and social care workers up and down the country.
Funeral videos in difficult times
Pic: Videographer Ian Wilkinson
AN AWARD-WINNING wedding videographer from Mountsorrel has been taken by surprise by the requests he’s been getting to make videos of funerals.
Ian Wilkinson has been filming weddings for three years and in 2020 won an award as “Wedding Video Specialist, England”.
When the pandemic began and lockdown was introduced in March, Ian was approached with a request to make a video of a funeral in Litchfield.
Lockdown rules have greatly restricted the numbers that can attend funerals and a professionally made video can be sent to family members all over the world, and watched via live streaming.
In a four week period, Ian has done 16 funeral videos including one at Mountsorrel cemetery. He usually does three or four wedding videos a month over the course of a year.
Ian said: “Litchfield crematorium asked if they could recommend me to future clients. It is a difficult time and it is rewarding to facilitate this for those who cannot be there to attend, so I said yes.
“The challenge is making the person viewing the video from New York, Sydney or Nairobi feel as though they are at the service, rather than just observing it remotely.”
He added: “My job is not to be noticed at all, as if I wasn’t even there. So I do not speak to anybody, I tuck myself away out of sight concentrating on the cameras and the sound.”
Ian works alone and films with three cameras and uses ambient and lapel microphones.
He says it’s rewarding to create a film for the people who are unable to attend a service in such difficult times.
He said: “In the first week of May I filmed a funeral and as I left around 30 people lining the road thanked me, each holding a mobile phone or tablet on which they had been watching the funeral via live streaming. It was such a strange feeling.”
Contact Ian on (07834) 077534.
Support for mums
DUE TO the current situation with Covid 19, Breastfeeding Support Cafés in Mountsorrel have been temporarily suspended but new parents have not been left without support.
Liz Blackshaw, who has volunteered as a breastfeeding peer supporter in Mountsorrel for over ten years said: “The decision to suspend face to face support was not taken lightly as we knew many mums would still need our support, so instead we set up on line support via Facebook and other channels.”
Breastfeeding parents can now join a closed, private Facebook group run by qualified peer supporters with ‘live chat’ happening twice a week on Wednesday afternoons or Friday mornings, but parents can still post questions or queries at any time. Alternatively one-to-one support is available by sending the Charnwood BRAS page a private message or by phoning or texting their phone line on 07583041054 (leave a message and they will phone you back), or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Breastfeeding cafes will return to the Green Room in the Memorial Centre as soon as the NHS advises that it is safe to do so.
MP joins women’s team at quarry
Pic: Local MP Jane Hunt (back row, 4th from left) – and nine out of the eleven women working at Mountsorrel Quarry – pose for a photograph in the rain outside the quarry offices. They are all making the #EachforEqual sign – demonstrating their support for International Women’s Day
LOUGHBOROUGH MP Jane Hunt joined the women’s team at Mountsorrel Quarry, to help them celebrate International Women’s Day on site, pre-lockdown.
This year’s Women’s Rights slogan is #EachforEqual, which is why all the women in the photograph are standing – or kneeling – with their arms horizontally spaced, equidistant from each other.
After visiting the site, Jane Hunt talked to the team about how challenging her journey to becoming an MP had been – and how difficult it was – and still is – to become a female MP in a strongly male-dominated Parliament. Jane succeeded at her fifth attempt, and emphasised “the importance of persistence and never giving up.”
Mountsorrel Quarry currently employs 11 women with weird and wonderful job titles, ranging from Weighbridge Operative and Facilities and Compliance Manager, to Strategic Planning and Performance Manager and Sand Plant Manager.
Gemma Bettoney-Bramhall, currently Programme Manager for Mountsorrel Quarry, said: “I’m really proud of all the women we have working at Mountsorrel Quarry. The number of women working on site has nearly doubled over the last twelve months and we are very keen to continue to further increase this number. We have an extremely wide variety of roles available – from front-line operatives and management positions to being out and about on the quarry or in the offices. We are looking towards developing flexible working initiatives to encourage even more women to join our business.”
Virtual visiting for patients
HOSPITAL PATIENTS are being given iPads to help them stay connected to loved ones.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has issued 37 iPads to all their inpatient wards (community hospitals, learning disability and mental health units) so that patients can enjoy ‘virtual visiting’ with their loved ones whilst visiting is suspended.
Alison Kirk, the Trust’s Head of Patient Experience and Involvement, said: “We understand how difficult it must be for families and loved ones during this time. The distribution of iPads to all wards is the latest in a number of initiatives the Trust has introduced to ensure patients can stay in contact with their loved ones during their hospital stay.
“Although many of our patients may not be able to speak to their families, on the iPad they will be able to see their faces which makes a real difference to them.”
Patients from all inpatient services are benefiting with Linda Mellor, meaningful activity co-ordinator at Coalville Community Hospital commenting: “So far it has been amazing, watching patients see their families for the first time in maybe four weeks. It has been received positively by both patients and their families. It has been a fabulous tool to improve the patient’s wellbeing and gives them a positive attitude – impacting on their recovery and goals. It is patient centred care at its best and I've seen tears of sadness from missing loved ones, but the big smiles on their faces is priceless.”
Patients can also stay connected to their loved ones without technology through the message to a loved one service which was launched in April.
Visiting is suspended to limit the spread of Covid-19. The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor (an immediate family member or carer) will be permitted to visit are listed below:
· The patient you visit is receiving end-of-life care.
· Parent or appropriate adult visiting their child.
· The patient has a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.
Family and loved ones should contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.
CHARNWOOD FOREST has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £2,767,300.
The grant, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, will fund the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme. This five year scheme will promote awareness and understanding of the importance of Charnwood Forest through geological conservation, habitat restoration, improvements to rights of way and paths between sites for visitors, creating innovative interpretation, outdoor learning opportunities for young people and adults, and a five-year programme of cultural and heritage activities and events.
John Everitt, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, host organisation for the project, said: “Charnwood Forest’s future hinges on our ability to convey its story effectively. We need to fill people with surprise, delight and awe when they hear it. Only when they understand Charnwood Forest will they be moved to care for it. This Scheme will support more than 80 sites across Charnwood Forest and enable over 1,000 volunteers to learn about and help us to protect this precious landscape.”
Charnwood Forest’s rocky outcrops, some of the oldest rocks on the planet, were thrown up by volcanic activity in the southern oceans more than 600 million years ago. Millions of years of global plate tectonic movements brought the Charnwood rocks to their current location, and with them the fossilised remains of the first moments of complex life on earth. These fossils are only found in a handful of places across the globe, and the most ancient are found in only two places on Earth: Newfoundland in Canada and Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire. Roadshows, events, outdoor activities and Citizen Science projects will enable 10,000 people to explore this incredible history.
But the area is not just important for its fossils. Because the land has not been heavily cultivated, it still contains a wealth of nationally and internationally important wildlife, including the Charnwood Spider and rare lichens.
John Everitt explained further: “When most people are asked where Charnwood Forest is, they point to a tiny area east of the M1 around Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill. But Charnwood Forest covers more than 150 square kilometres. It extends north and west of Leicester, into the National Forest and includes parts of Coalville and Loughborough and villages along the A6 corridor. This project will help reconnect local communities with the landscape and its incredible heritage. Charnwood is a hidden gem in the East Midlands and this award will help ensure its unique story and character are celebrated and secured for the future.”
Rothley care home rated ‘good’
Pic: staff at the Mountview care home
MOUNTVIEW CARE home, based in Rothley, has been celebrating as they receive an overall rating of ‘GOOD’ by regulatory body the Care Quality Commission.
The report details how Mountview staff who provide care for up to 66 residents are “kind, considerate and treat everyone with dignity and respect.”
Following the unannounced inspection in February 2020, inspectors observed day to day life at the home and examined paperwork, policies and care plans. They also spoke to eight residents, six relatives of residents, visitors including doctors and nurses who work closely with the home, care workers and management to gather a full picture prior to compiling the report.
Inspectors found that residents and staff are supported, happy and empowered. The report stated: “Staff promote a positive culture that is person-centred, open, inclusive and empowering, which achieves good outcomes for people.”
Inspectors were impressed with the varied daily activity programme, adding, “during our inspection the residents were enjoying receiving manicures and taking part in exercise classes such as armchair yoga”. One resident who spoke to inspectors commented: “There's all sorts going on here to get involved in.”
The inspectors enjoyed learning about Mountview’s local community links, comprising of trips to local churches, amateur dramatic shows, local festivals and boat trips that had all been undertaken.
Staff spoke with the inspectors who commented that morale in the home is good, adding that they enjoy their work and feel well supported by management. The report details how there is a strong team ethic where staff hold positive views of each other and feel confident to speak up.
Registered Home Manager, Stacie Weaver, said: “I have built my career at Mountview and have been part of the team since the very start, working my way up from Care Assistant to Home Manager, and I am extremely proud of how far we have all come in that time. I have seen the home consistently improve, and always with the residents at the heart of everything we do. I am thrilled we received ‘GOOD’ in all areas, congratulations to everybody involved, I am sure this very encouraging news will spur us on to continue our ‘good’ work.”
Ideal Carehomes Regional Director, Kay Paul, said: “I am thrilled that Mountview have achieved ‘GOOD’ overall following their inspection, there has been many improvements since the last inspection and that can really be seen in all of the positive comments throughout the report. I would like to congratulate all of our staff who make Mountview such a great place for our residents to live.”
Mountview care home, operated by Ideal Carehomes, provides 24 hour residential and dementia care and has all the finishing touches you would expect from a warm and welcoming home. All 66 bedrooms are en-suite enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Mountview, contact Stacie Weaver on 0116 303 3303.
Birstall Covid-19 test centre
Pic: the test centre at Birstall Park & Ride
A DRIVE-through Covid19 testing centre opened at Birstall Park and Ride on May 1.
It means people who work in the NHS, social care, education, food and drink production, transportation and many other essential services, as well as people in their households, can now be quickly tested to see if they have symptoms. If the test is negative for everyone in the household, workers will be able to get back to carrying out their critical roles as soon as possible.
The test consists of a swab to the mouth and nose, and people are being advised to get tested within the first three days of the onset of symptoms.
Appointments for testing must be made in advance. Some employers will choose to refer their employees for a test using an online portal or they may ask employees to refer themselves by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Dr Nick Glover, who is the clinical lead for the testing programme for the clinical commissioning groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland said: “Essential workers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can now use the local test facility. We’d like any essential workers, who are already self-isolating because they, or someone they live with, are in the first three days of developing symptoms, to refer themselves for a test straight away. They can do this either through their employer or by referring themselves.”
Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council, who jointly operate the Birstall Park and Ride site, have been working with the three local clinical commissioning groups to get the local facility up and running as part of the Government’s plans announced on April 23 to extend testing to essential workers.
Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “The County Council owns the park and ride site, operated jointly with the City Council. We are pleased to be able to make it available to assist the response to the pandemic and to make it easier for our key frontline workers to get tested.”
The contractor operating the site is Sodexo.
• Anyone aged 5 or above can now ask for a test if they have symptoms of the virus. Go to www.gov.uk to apply, or call 119 (free call).
Planned flats will go ahead
Pic: an artist’s impression of how the flats, off the Granite Way roundabout, will look
PLANS FOR a 3/4 story apartment block of 25 flats on the land next to Granite Way have been approved by a planning inspector following an appeal.
The plans had been refused by Charnwood Borough Council in 2019 on the grounds that the development would have an adverse impact on the character of the approach into Mountsorrel and on the amenities of 1 Betty Hensers Lane.
The developers appealed and in January 2020 a planning inspector ruled that permission will be granted.
The planning reference is P/18/1379/2
Business safety advice
A QUALIFIED safety advisor from Birstall is providing advice to local businesses about restarting their business safely now that lockdown restrictions are being slowly lifted.
The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible – there are currently 8 guides available which cover a range of different types of work.
Andrew Powdrill (Tech IOSH, DGSA) said: “In Birstall there are many small business and shop owners and workers who, after reading through the government guidance, may find some of the guidance either difficult to work through or unclear as to what exactly is needed to be done and how.
“As some businesses may also operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles then more than one of these guides may be required to be used as you think through what you need to do to keep yourself safe.
“Using professionally qualified advice to help navigate through the guidance and suit what is best for your business will help further reduce risks.”
For further information contact Andrew Powdrill at Annotech on 07917 590083 or e-mail email@example.com to arrange an initial free telephone consultation.
The current official guidance can be found by following the link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
ONE PERSON was trapped in their vehicle after a two car collision on the northbound A6 near Birstall.
Emergency services had to cut them free following the accident which was reported at 8:18 pm on May 14. The casualty was taken to Leicester Royal infirmary and the road was reopened at 10:30pm.
Support for NHS
MOUNTSORREL RESIDENTS have been busy making equipment for front line nurses, doctors and carers.
Working through the group Mountsorrel Good Neighbours and coordinated by resident Sarah Curtis, they have made 1426 headbands, 65 small back bands, 225 face masks, 258 scrubs bags, 30 sets of scrubs with another 20 sets currently in production.
These have been given to Leicester’s three hospitals, Rose Cottage and Mountview Nursing homes in the village, Rushcliffe nursing homes in Loughborough and the Leicestershire Community Nursing Team.
Over 50 knitted or crocheted hearts pairs have been made and delivered to hospitals to be shared between patients and their families, to remind them that although they may be apart, they are still in each others’ hearts.
THE GREAT Central Railway has announced its first steps to open up the railway.
“We have taken our first tentative steps towards opening up the railway and, in doing so, providing our friends and supporters with some much needed ‘steam’” said Michael Gough, Managing Director of the Great Central Railway.
In mid-May 10 staff were brought back from furlough to carry out essential functions and to prepare for reopening.
On May 22 BR Standard Class 2 78018 was put through some trials following repair works.
Mr Gough said: “We expect to run further tests to check our infrastructure in the coming days to prepare for a return to operating as soon as government regulations allow.”
He added: “During the pandemic the Railway has been forced to use up all of its cash reserves including vital match funding set aside to add to the funds raised by their appeal for the new locomotive works and education centre to be built. Thus the ongoing success of that appeal through the purchase of commemorative plaques is even more needed and the GCR are asking for its friends and supporters to visit our website to help ensure that the project may still proceed after the current pandemic.”
Pic: 78018 on test PHOTO: A J MORLEY
Free mental health support
ONE-TO-one support for people aged 16 and over who are suffering with anxiety, depression and other similar difficulties across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is now available from the NHS.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many more people are now experiencing mental health difficulties and the Let’s Talk - Wellbeing service is available to help people across the City and Counties to manage their conditions.
The Let’s Talk - Wellbeing service offers free talking therapies for common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress, all of which can be accessed online.
Support is on offer with one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, and by accessing online support through a dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which enables patients to access a range of online programmes that can be used at any time on any device. It also allows patients to work at their own pace with regular reviews from a therapist.
Dr Avinashi Prasad, Mental Health Lead and Co-Chair at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “During times of change and uncertainty it is important that we look after our mental health especially when many people are isolating alone or away from friends and family. The Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service is a vital source for mental health support for anyone who needs help across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and we encourage people to register for help when they need it.”
The service has also produced online videos to supplement care covering different topics such as stress control, anxiety management and self-care. People will also be offered the opportunity to take part in interactive webinars on similar topics and special modules that have been developed to deal with anxiety and stress caused by Coronavirus. These sessions will be delivered online by a therapist so that people can engage with the therapist and ask questions.
Anyone can access the Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service by registering online here: www.letstalkwellbeing.co.uk and selecting the area you live in.
Alternatively you can register by calling the service directly:
If you’re registered with a GP practice in Leicestershire or Rutland call 01509 561100.
Phone support for the elderly
THE CHARITY Age UK runs a telephone service, Call in Time, to support lonely people aged over 60.
What is Call in Time?
Call in Time is a free telephone friendship service for people 60 and over. They’ll match you up with a likeminded person who's keen to make a new friend, and every week they'll give you a call.
Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly, 30-minute chat on the phone every week can make all the difference.
How does Call in Time work?
You sign up and register your interest (or refer someone else).
Age UK check you (or the person you're referring) match all the criteria.
What are the criteria?
Age UK find a likeminded person who has similar interests and hobbies to you or the person you're referring. Sometimes that can take a few weeks, so while they are waiting to find the right person, Age UK call you for a 5-minute catch-up as often as they can.
Age UK connect the two of you to begin your weekly calls.
Who can sign up for Call in Time?
To sign up for Call in Time, you must be:
• over 60
• have your own landline or mobile phone
• able to hear and be understood over the phone
• able to commit to a regular weekly call at the same time.
• Call in Time may not be suitable for people with memory loss, dementia or mental health issues who require higher level support. These conditions may affect the person's ability to build a telephone friendship with a volunteer. In some instances, people with these conditions may actually find the calls more distressing.
www.ageuk.org.uk/ and put ‘Call in Time’ in the search box