New telephone Social networks for the elderly to combat isolation – do you know someone who could benefit @EpsomEwellBC @age_uk
29th January 2013
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An Article from Rob Kearsey at thisissurreytoday reports.

Epsom and Ewell Borough council are offering free telephone based social networks to elderly residents to try to combat social isolation.

The council has joined forces with Community Network to try to combat social isolation amongst the elderly.

The new service is free along with the phone call and is available to anyone over the age of 60.

The aim of the service is try to get people on the phone to talk in a group about shared interests.

Every telephone group has a trained volunteer to ensure that everyone is included in the conversation and that the discussions are appropriate and relevant.

Councillor Jean Steer, Chairman of the Social Committee, said: "I am proud that we can support Community Network to offer this service to residents of the Borough.

"As the population ages and more people are living alone, social isolation amongst older people is emerging as a major issue because of the adverse impact it can have on health and well being.

"One of the council's key priorities is 'quality of life', and this simple service could have a positive impact on a number of individuals in Epsom & Ewell."

Full details of the service can be obtained by calling Community Network on 020 7923 5250

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