Fresh Opportunities for NHW Volunteers

Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) are supporting Avon and Somerset Police by providing a dedicated personal telephone support service to people in their own homes.  Royal Voluntary Service hopes to soon extend this to personal visits. The initiative enables trained and vetted volunteers to provide:

. A confidential listening ear
. A friendly caring voice at the end of the phone
. Regular pre-arranged calls
. Information about local support networks and services
. Access to other Royal Voluntary Service services
. Support to feel more confident in your own home
. Support to be independent and active in the community

Royal Voluntary Service welcomes members of Neighbourhood Watch to join them in providing support and befriending to those who need it.  The premise of Neighbourhood Watch is about local people working together to create safe, attractive, friendly places to live. Royal Voluntary Service befriending initiative enables NHW members to get involved in reaching out to members of the community who feel isolated and sometimes vulnerable.

The service operates on a referral basis, so even if you aren't able to volunteer, you may
know of people within your community who would benefit from the support that  the Royal Voluntary Service can provide.

Further information about the Royal Voluntary Service and the services they provide can be found on their website www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk 

For details about becoming a volunteer or to discuss making a referral, please contact Jenny Jenkins Royal Voluntary Service Community Service Manager Bristol and Somerset
Mobile 07714 898656.

Victoria Bartlett
Force Neighbourhood Watch Development Officer
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.  For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.

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