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January, 2018



Abbeyfield offers up feel-good factor for New Year with volunteer appeal ABBEYFIELD Bristol and Keynsham joins the Henleaze & Westbury Voice in wishing you a very Happy New Year! And, the charity asks, what better way to kick-start 2018 than with a new challenge that can benefit both you, and others? The charity offers a wonderful alternative for older people who want to live as independently as possible but who welcome the idea of downsizing and freeing up more time to make new friends, try new activities and be part of a community of like-minded individuals. But some do need help to get out and do things and, this January, Abbeyfield is appealing to the local community to think about volunteering for a couple of hours a week. “All of our residents live independently within the houses, but for some, getting out and

about is more difficult, and sadly, they can lose their confidence quickly,” says Suzanne McKenzie, manager of Abbeyfield houses in Redland and Henleaze.

“You’d be surprised just how many residents don’t have family or friends in the area, and for them, a regular visit or, for example, accompanying them to

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the doctor’s surgery, or driving them on a rainy day to the church group, would make all the difference.” There’s no doubt volunteers would make a huge difference to the residents at Abbeyfield’s houses, so what’s stopping you? The benefits for the volunteer are well-documented. You’ll meet new people and soon be part of a friendly Abbeyfield community. The challenge of doing something different will give you a new sense of purpose and, very importantly, you’ll have fun! The charity would like anyone thinking of volunteering to get in touch. They have five houses around the city, and two in the Henleaze and Westbury catchment. Call 0117 973 6997 or go to www.abbeyfield-bristol.

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Henleaze & Westbury Voice January 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.

Henleaze & Westbury Voice January 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.