Charity launches new community friend scheme

Just Regional
Apr 21, 2023 2 mins read

A band of volunteers will be on hand to offer friendship in the local community as part of a new initiative launched by the Aylsham Care Trust.
The ‘community friend’ volunteers scheme is an extension of the services already offered by ACT and will offer people a listening ear, practical help and advice.

FRIENDS INDEED: ACT has launched a new ‘community friend’ service.

The service, which is looking for more volunteers, is the brainchild of ACT trustee and well-known community figure Ray Horne.
He said he had seen a rise in members of the local community suffering from mental health issues caused by isolation. This coincided with the Covid lockdown and ACT has recognised a need to reach out to those who will benefit from support
Ray said: “ACT started providing care throughout Aylsham and surrounding areas over 30 years ago and I am truly delighted that we are offering this service.
“The community is very close to my heart as I am an active member of the Rotary club and the methodist church. Delivering this pastoral-style service is another string to the ACT bow.”
An ACT spokesperson said: “Recently an ACT member had become overwhelmed with loneliness and anxiety, and they called the centre seeking some comfort and guidance. One of the community friend volunteers was able to see them and provide company and care.”
ACT CEO Philip Macdonald added: “We are delighted to be offering this service in our community. The volunteers will all have experience with working alongside vulnerable adults and they are all respectful and understand confidentiality.
“We see this as a meaningful addition to our services and hope that those in the community who need us will get in touch.”
To seek help from ACT or to volunteer, call 01263 733385 or email

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