LCF Barber Titleys. Jackie Ashton
Jackie Ashton, LCF Barber Titleys, Harrogate

Harrogate charity’s appeal for volunteers to hit milestone

4 mins read
Please share the news
  • 8

A long-standing and vital North Yorkshire is hoping to recruit 10 new volunteers by the end of the year, and is appealing to local people of all ages to consider the benefits of spending time with local elderly people.

based Supporting Older People (SOP) currently has 90 volunteers and the charity hopes to find 10 more people to reach the 100 milestone. SOP carefully assess and match older people with volunteer visitors, organise social activities, outings and events as well as hosting fundraising events and organising ’s annual celebration for International Day of Older Persons.

The charity recently organised a fundraising ‘Ladies Day’ at Hotel Du Vin, raising almost £1,500. One of the sponsors was LCF Barber Titleys. Jackie Ashton, who is a within its Personal Law team, and chair of SOP, said:

SOP has been running for 37 years and relies totally on donations of time and money. With a very small office team, we make sure every penny counts, and without the generosity of our 90 volunteers and the money donated, we simply would not be able to bring so much happiness and cheer to over 200 older people we support in and around Harrogate.

Loneliness and feelings of isolation are terrible no matter what age you are. With many people living for longer on their own, it’s essential we all pull together to help as best we can. Understandably people have busy lives, often with considerable work and family commitments, which is why we offer a range of volunteering options. People can volunteer to simply be a telephone friend – making a regular weekly call to one of our older people makes a huge difference. Other volunteers visit homes for a cup of tea and a chat, and others take them out on a day trip or to the shops.

SOP also runs a programme of organised outings, a ‘tea and talk’ session at The Crown Hotel with guest speakers, a ‘dining out’ club on the first Monday of the month, and an ‘over 60’s singing’ group at St Peter’s Church on the third Wednesday of each month.

Jackie added:

We have volunteers that range in age from 25-83, but the one thing they all have in common is a willingness to make a difference by sparing half an hour to an hour of their time a week. The feedback we get from our volunteers confirms it’s time well spent. We make sure we pair likeminded volunteers and older people together, with similar interests. Many of our older people have lost touch with old friends and family or their health may prevent them from getting out and about, so a phone call or visit are something they really look forward to. We have found that the regular contact makes a lasting difference, raises self-esteem, maintains independence and greatly improves the quality of life for the older person and, often, the volunteer.

Anyone can volunteer, subject to DBS checks and two references. We also have volunteer drivers, fundraisers and trustees and we support all of our volunteers by giving them a dedicated befriending manager, to take them through the whole process.

For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation visit or call 01423 531 490.

Please share the news
  • 8
  • 8


Support the Harrogate Informer

The Harrogate Informer is asking our readers to support local independent journalism.

We are editorially independent and publish without bias or influence – there is not a rich investor or shareholders that we answer to.

Good journalism is a valuable part of a community, but we want to do more.

Good journalism is about meeting people and covering a story. Our aim is to offer a wide range of news items and present them in an interesting way for all ages.

We are asking our readers to make a small donation, either as a one-off donation or a regular donation each month. Support can be from as little as £1

All contributions are appreciated, whether big or small. It enables us to expand the work that we are already doing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

successful pupils jump for joy as they collect their A Level results
Previous Story

Ashville College A - Level Results

Harrogate Police
Next Story

Harrogate town centre cycle collision