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New Filwood project to help older people try local activities

If you’re an older person looking to get out more and socialise but lack the confidence – a new project launched in Filwood could be the answer.

St Monica Trust’s ACE Neighbours matches those aged 65 plus with older volunteers of 60 and above who will support them over a six-month period to get out and try activities in their local area – until they feel happy carrying on by themselves.

The scheme also organises social get-togethers for volunteers and participants that have proved popular.

Project Co-ordinator Kathleen Woodhouse says everyone “needs a boost” sometimes to help them try new things.

She explains: “…It’s all about building people’s confidence to enjoy all the great activities happening in the Filwood area, make new friends and be part of the community again. Both participants and volunteers get so much out of it – it’s a win-win.”

One participant says: “It’s good to know some more people. For me, I think it’s being involved in something, being part of something again.”

Volunteers have also said they enjoyed being part of the scheme too – feeling they have “made a difference to others” but also “had fun”.

If you are interested in taking part as a participant or volunteer contact Kathleen (Tuesdays-Thursdays) for an informal chat on 0796 492 3032 or email