Call for volunteers to join Care Bank project to help elderly

Call for volunteers to join Care Bank project to help elderly

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Francis Batt

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Call for volunteers to join Care Bank project to help elderly

Volunteers are needed to bring friendship and support into the lives of housebound elderly people.

The appeal has been made by Taz Mohammed - service manager for the recently created Care Bank project - operating from the Royal Voluntary Service Centre in York Road, Maidenhead.

He looks after 80 volunteers who help housebound elderly people, doing everything from tidying around the house to walking the dog - or just providing a friendly face.

But more are always needed.

Taz, 57, of Merton Road, Slough, has three grown up children.Losing  his job as a formulation chemist caused a big lifestyle change for him. He went from helping create paint systems for sports cars, to organising volunteers who help elderly people in need.

He said: "It is a big change for me. But I thought 'I can't just sit here and do nothing, I will put something back into the community'."

He spends a lot of his time in the community himself, visiting temples and mosques making people aware of the growing problem of dementia.

He said: "Some Indian and Asian people do not know what dementia is. There is still a sense of shame about it."

Care Bank already gets referrals from social services and GP surgeries. More volunteers are always needed. They must be over 18.

Visit carebank@royalvoluntaryservice.org for more details.

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