Axe Valley Visiting Scheme funding secured

PUBLISHED: 06:59 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:21 05 February 2016

Visiting scheme volunteers

Visiting scheme volunteers


Axminster Hospital League of Friends renews its cash contribution for another year

Axminster Hospital League of Friends has agreed funding for another year to support the work of the Axe Valley Visiting Scheme.

The service provides a band of trained and supported volunteers who visit isolated older people living in and around Axminster who are referred by community health and social care agencies.

Project co-ordinator Gill Amos said: “This funding will make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we would like to send our thanks to the League of Friends.”

Some 46 isolated older people from in and around Axminster have received individual one-to-one visits from a volunteer visitor since May 2013. Thirteen of these are ongoing and six are pending.

Added Mrs Amos: “I am, of course, always looking to recruit more volunteers as demand currently outstrips supply in terms of volunteer numbers”

Katy Converso, community matron at Axminster Hospital has praised the scheme.

She said: “I find the befriender service to be excellent…some patients may see nobody all week.

“It benefits not only their psychological and emotional wellbeing but has a knock-on effect of benefiting their physical health.

“And it would have a huge impact on their wellbeing should this service be taken away.”

To contact the Axe Valley Visiting Scheme, call 01404 549045 or email Gill Amos at or visit the website

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