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Chorlton charity launches volunteer recruitment drive

By Helen Le Caplain

An award-winning Chorlton charity is looking to recruit weekday volunteer drivers to help continue deliver neighbourly care in the community.

Chorlton Good Neighbours Care Group (CGNCG) was set up in 1967, and is one of a number of charities across South Manchester providing companionship and support for local residents.

The group is looking to welcome more week-day volunteers to help deliver one-to-one support by transporting and accompanying elderly residents as they go about their day-to-day activities.

Helen Hibberd, co-ordinator of CGNCG, puts the success of the scheme down to the 70 voluntary community workers.

She said: “It’s a practical expression of caring for the community.

“They are ordinary people doing ordinary things, with extraordinary long-term results.”

In 2003 the group won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service. Mrs Hibberd said she was very proud of this accolade as it recognised the team effort that is involved.

Volunteers, such as 64-year-old community support worker Arthur Brandreth, help people undertake everyday tasks such as going to the bank or supermarket.

This helps people stay independent and in control of their lives.

In addition to its outreach services, the group also runs a range of weekly activities including coffee and crafts mornings, fitness classes and tai chi for over 250 regular service users.

86-year-old Hilda Mason not only attends the activities, but also volunteers every week.

Mrs Mason said: “It’s the best thing that has happened to me.”

“I lost my husband eight years ago, I’ve been coming to the group for about five years. It keeps me young.”

When asked about Cameron’s big society initiative Mrs Hibberd said that the concept was nothing new.

CGNCG has been serving Chorlton residents for over forty years, and that she said, says a lot about local people.

If you want to find out more information about volunteering opportunities, or contact Mrs Hibberd on 0161 881 2925, or via email at [email protected]

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