APRIL saw the launch of a brand new scheme from the Royal Voluntary Service in Bromsgrove.

The scheme is designed to offer older members of the community a ‘neighbourly’ helping hand, and to help them to maintain their independence through befriending, group activities and social events.

Worcestershire service manager Helen Ward said: "We are really excited to be expanding our work supporting older people in the community.

"We want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved – a place where everyone can enjoy later life to the maximum. This grant will really help us to make a difference."

For more information about the new scheme, or about volunteering, contact Helen Ward on 01527 879290 or Helen.ward@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk