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Food & Friendship Co-ordinator Paul Simmonds says: “Good food and good company is something that we all enjoy. It is testament to the dedication of our volunteers that we are now able to extend our services to include home visits over afternoon tea.” To find out more about the service or if you are a voluntary organisation that already has a befriending service and you would like to partner Age Concern Hampshire, call Paul on 01962 892 455.
Social Club Friends Unlimited is Southampton’s Premier Dance and Social Group, now in it’s 14th Year. It has evolved into an active group for singles or couples the mature side of 40, wanting to make new social contacts. In addition to regular dances, arrange walks, lunches, theatre trips and lots more. A cruise has been arranged in October on the Independence of the Sea. To find out more, call 02380 274120/480774, or visit www.friends-unlimited.org.uk
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