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Guildford befriending project plans a comeback - but it needs your help

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Guildford befriending project plans a comeback - but it needs your help

Published at 3:15pm 27th October 2017. (Updated at 7:00am 29th October 2017)

A Guildford-based befriending project helping vulnerable adults facing loneliness in planning a comeback.

'Community Angels' plans to relaunch a similar service that was run by Guildford Diocese.

It ended in 2016 due to funding cuts, but was missed by those who received support.

However the public's help is needed to bring the service back.

It needs to be one of the first 200 projects to reach 1,000 votes in the Aviva Community Fund - if it does this it will receive £1,000 funding.

You can vote for Community Angels here.

It is hoped that the service will relaunch in January 2018, supporting those who may be facing loneliness, bereavement, illness, disability or other circumstances which may have led to isolation.

Winning cash from the Aviva Community Fund would enable the charity to recruit and train Community Angels, volunteer befrienders who will provide regular visits to vulnerable adults in their local area.

Rachel Guilford is the project's co-ordinator and said: "It’s difficult to quantify the difference that regular visits from a Community Angel could make to those who may feel they have no one. 

"It may be as simple as listening to someone and sharing a cup of tea or introducing them to a new local activity.  

"In order to address loneliness in Guildford we need you, the community, on board to support us, votes for us, and spread the word as we relaunch in January 2018." 

All votes for Community Angels need to be submitted before 21 November 2017.


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