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GREAT INITIATIVE: New project launched to tackle loneliness in the Chiltern area

 Published on: 2nd October 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new project is set to benefit people who live in the Chalfonts area and struggle with loneliness. 

Community Companions – A new initiative part of charity Voices and Choices – was launched on October 1 and it aims to alleviate loneliness in the Chiltern area.

A team of volunteers will visit people asking for help and assist them in re-establishing connections within their local community.

They will research groups or activities that may interest them, the volunteers will then accompany them until they feel ready to go on their own. 

Project administrator Jenny Cassidy said: “The COVID-19 crisis has really bought into focus the number of people who have been relying on the assistance of wonderful volunteers to collect their shopping, collect prescriptions to just be a voice at the end of a telephone line. 

“Loneliness is a really crucial issue that needs to be tackled.  With an estimated 1.2m elderly people chronically lonely in the UK we think now is the time to tackle it head on.”

People who prefer staying at home and get involved with online activities can also come forward.

Please contact Voices and Choices for more information on 01494 874566 or visit

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