Getting advice and support if you don’t live near a town centre is not always easy.
Age Concern Hampshire’s team of highly-trained Village Agents volunteers work in rural communities across the county, signposting people to the information they need on issues such as day care, foot care, computer training, company at meal times, transport for shopping and medical appointments, finding reputable tradespeople and help around the home.
They can also tell you how to apply for Blue Badge parking permits, concessionary travel and financial benefits. They are a mine of information - helping to make life easier and enabling older people to remain self-reliant in their own communities. Some Village Agents also offer free home fire safety visits.
Age Concern Hampshire’s Village Agents usually work in pairs and offer between four and six hours of their time each week to support people living in their local communities.
Their primary role is to enable older people to live independently, for as long as possible, in their own homes. The Village Agent scheme is supported by Hampshire County Council.
To get in touch with the Village Agent team call 01962 892443, or use the map below to find out if there is a Village Agent in your area.
How can I volunteer to help?
If you would like to become a Village Agent volunteer click here to check our volunteering page to see where we are currently recruiting
Following the success of the Village Agent project, Age Concern Hampshire ran a small scale project in 2014-15 introducing Community Agents in more built up areas of Winchester and Hart. This was funded by Winchester and Hart district councils.
Community Agents operate in much the same way as Village Agents in signposting older people to information and local services. At the current time there are two Community Agents, in Winnall (Winchester) and Blackwater (Hart). We are not currently seeking Community Agent volunteers, but you can find out about our other volunteering opportunities here.
To find out more about how a Village Agent can help you or for more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Age Concern Hampshire on Freephone 0800 328 7154.