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How a Digital Angel can stop social isolation

At age 80, Vera was feeling that there was not enough for her to do anymore. She spent most of her time sitting alone and watching television, and told her daughter that she was fed up with this way of … Continue reading

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Not home alone – home sharing – the Leeds Homeshare pilot scheme

House sharing, isn’t that something you do only when you’re younger or in your student days?  Don’t you get to a certain time in your life when you don’t want arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing … Continue reading

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Older people in rural Leeds are doing it for themselves

For many people, rural sights, sounds and communities are preferable to an urban lifestyle. Some people love it so much that when they retire they move out into the countryside not entirely aware of what may be ahead of them. … Continue reading

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You’ve got a “Befriender” in me with Otley Action for Older People

Did you know that there was an International Friendship day, dedicated to the bond of friendship and companionship and celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year?  No, I didn’t either.  But it made me think if friendship is … Continue reading

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Celebrating Carers Week and 20th anniversary of Carers Leeds

Carers Week is a special time of the year when the role played by carers, 72,000 plus in Leeds, is acknowledged, celebrated and valued. At Carers Leeds, the organization providing information, advice and support to the city’s carers, it is … Continue reading

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How long will you be my friend? The work of the Independent Visitors volunteers

“It’s not really a question a 6 year old child should have to ask, is it?  I told him my answer was the same as it was the first time I met him, I will be his friend for as … Continue reading

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What makes you feel happier, live longer and keeps you fit and healthy? Volunteering

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year. They are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day by improving the environment we live in, spending time with … Continue reading

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