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Boost for Bromley befriending service

A befriending service for older people in Bromley has received a £300 boost from UK Power Networks Services.

From Press releases - 14 October 2015 12:00 AM

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A befriending service for older people in Bromley has received a £300 boost from UK Power Networks Services.

The service, established by older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service, brings practical and emotional support home to older people and their families in the borough.

Tony Latienda, business development manager at UK Power Networks Services, generated the funding as part of a market research initiative and with Eva Cahill, corporate social responsibility manager at the company, chose to support Royal Voluntary Service.

He said: “Older age comes to us all and we don’t necessarily feel any different as we get older. People still have lots to contribute and they want to be valued, cared for and respected. This service is tackling the devastating effects of isolation and loneliness in our older population and delivering practical support to older people. It’s a privilege to support their work.”

Zoe Lane, corporate partnerships manager for Royal Voluntary Service, who received the cheque, said: “We are grateful for the support of UK Power Networks Services and look forward to continuing to work together to support vulnerable older people in the region.

“With social service cuts, families living further away and more people living longer who may not have immediate family, many older people find themselves lonely and isolated, a state that can have a devastating impact on people’s health, from depression to physical health issues. Providing practical and emotional support to older people and their families is at the centre of what we do.”

Bromley Good Neighbours Service started two years ago providing a transport and befriending service to those aged 55 and over in the London Borough of Bromley. Their volunteers offer friendship, practical help with things in the home and community transport for shopping or appointments.