Age Concern Hampshire, funded and supported by Hampshire County Council, runs a Village Agent programme. There are approaching 30 locations across Hampshire with their own village agents, with plans to further expand over the next 3 years.
We meet Lin Curtis who is a village agent in King’s Somborne.
We are local people who volunteer a few hours a week to work in our communities to help improve the ways that older people in rural areas access information and advice.
It’s really up to you how you want to develop the role. The minimum requirement which is asked for is 4 – 6 hours a week. Information provision is our main role but my colleague, Sue , and I are able to give a little more time so we offer activities too. There is a Village Agent Co-ordinator who supports us all and we send him a weekly report and discuss our ideas for new initiatives.
We are really well supported by Age Concern Hampshire who can always answer questions for us and arrange a variety of training opportunities. For example, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service train us to provide basic home fire safety advice.
We have outings and we also put on monthly talks with a variety of guest speakers. We have talks, for example, on simple exercises, benefits information and scams awareness. We are open to doing anything that people will find beneficial.
It’s very rewarding being a ‘contact’ for people who have nobody else to go to locally. It’s also been a great way of making new friends in my own village. I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile and I also have fun!