Charity group appeals for volunteers

PUBLISHED: 08:08 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:09 21 July 2015

Charity Togs volunteers Rhoda North,Dorothy Howarth and Jean Olley outside the shop in South Street. Ref mha 1102-29-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Charity Togs volunteers Rhoda North,Dorothy Howarth and Jean Olley outside the shop in South Street. Ref mha 1102-29-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Axminster Care Service needs to find some new recruits

A pioneering charity group which provides vital support for the community has sent out an SOS for help.

Axminster Care Service desperately needs to find new volunteers to help run the wide range of services it provides.

Spokesman Margaret Spencer-Brown said the original team is getting older and they need to find younger people to take over.

She said part of the problem in gathering recruits was that many people did not realise the full range of help the care service provides - much more than simply the car service.

She said: “When it was established, the aim of the care service was to cover gaps left by the health and social services provision and this remains the primary purpose, however, over time, the work done has expanded.

“Axminster Care Service, with its Charity Togs Shop, both run entirely by volunteers, supports the communities of Axminster and the surrounding villages in a number of ways. Support is provided to all age groups ranging from help for individuals, play groups, nurseries, primary schools, the community college, the newly established youth club, sports club and the senior citizens’ centre.

“In addition, help has been given to local churches and the care service also operates a visiting service for people who are housebound, lonely or in crisis. A neighbourhood booklet is produced every two years listing important and useful local telephone numbers.”

Both the hospital car service and the Charity Togs need volunteers. To help, call Mark Armstrong (car service) on 01395 579958 or Togs manager Betty Copland, on 01297 32145.

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