Melanie Rose is the new Village Agent for Fivehead and Swell offering free and confidential practical support to local people and community groups.
The Somerset Village Agent project is a project of Community Council for Somerset (CCS) which uses paid, part time, highly trained individuals living in the parish ‘clusters’ they support. They help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs.
Village Agents work with all ages dealing with a wide variety of issues, although a considerable number of their clients are elderly and involves social care issues. Helping to solve these problems may, ultimately, help the elderly to remain living independently for longer. Village Agents also have the role of helping to shape services by feeding back to the appropriate body information about gaps in service e.g. transport provision. They can also motivate and support a community to respond to a local need by working together to address issues e.g. by helping them to set up a coffee morning for a group of lonely people or start a volunteer car scheme.
If anyone has any concerns that you feel she can help with, please call her on 07958 415345 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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