Popular support services for the elderly in jeopardy

Elderly Woman Looking Out a Window

The Befriending and Buddy Support Service, which is operated by Age Concern Swaffham, will be finishing in September due to the charity's funding being cut. - Credit: Getty Images

A popular support service for the elderly in Swaffham will discontinue due to a lack of funding.

On July 27, it was reported that funding for the Befriending and Hospital Buddy support services run by Age Concern Swaffham will come to an end at the beginning of October.

No other sources of funding have yet materialised which means that these support services will have to cease at the end of September.

These support services have been popular in Swaffham and the surrounding area, providing weekly visits to elderly people who live alone and experience loneliness.

Elderly woman talking with a doctor while holding hands at home and wearing face protective mask. Wo

The Befriending and Buddy Support Service, which is operated by Age Concern Swaffham, will be finishing in September due to the charity's funding being cut. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The service also provided free transport for pensioners to and from medical appointments.


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John Zielinski, the new chair of Age Concern Swaffham, expressed shock in finding that no alternative funding had been lined up ready to carry the support services on.

Mr Zielinski said that the National Lottery Community Fund had been "incredibly generous" over the last five years.

Granddaughter supporting her senior grandpa

The Befriending and Buddy Support Service, which is operated by Age Concern Swaffham, will be finishing in September due to the charity's funding being cut. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto


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