Village Agents' February Newsletter

Your Views on Winter Health

What are your views and experiences of health and social care during this winter period? Healthwatch needs to hear from you if you have recent experiences of NHS 111, A and E, non-emergency patient transport or hospital stays. Contact the team now on 01452 504989 or email

Independent Age

The Forester carried a small article recently about Independent Age which was founded 150 years ago and provides Advice, Befriending and Campaigning. The local contact is: Andy Gudge. Tel: 0121 444 3676 Email

Befriending: Independent Age offers a range of free services to reduce isolation among older people. You can join a Live Wires telephone book/discussion group, have a Telephone Buddy or a Volunteer Visitor to visit you. All activities are provided by a network of trained volunteers and are available across the UK.

Independent Age always needs more volunteers to support their work. If you can spare a few hours a month and would like to find out more, call 0207 605 4255 or email For further information visit

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