Huge thanks to the National Lottery Fund who have given Age Concern Newbury which runs the Fair Close Centre a grant to enhance our welfare support to provide the service to our members in the evenings and at weekends until the end of March. The grant has enabled us to recruit Mrs Pamela Bellis to work alongside our Welfare Officer, Mrs Teresa Burton and continue the vital work of keeping in touch with our members many of whom are now confined to their homes and providing a vital service.

Whether it’s a specific day to day issue, understanding the latest Coronavirus restrictions or a matter of listening to alleviate loneliness and anxiety, our Welfare Officers are there to support, explain, befriend and signpost people to the right place. Originally trained as a mental health nurse, Pamela Bellis has had a long career in the care sector and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Chief Executive of Age Concern Newbury, Mr James Wilcox said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Pamela to the Fair Close Centre team and I know that she is going to make our Welfare service even better by extending it to evenings and weekends which we know are times when older people living on their own are experiencing high levels of loneliness and anxiety. Our aim is to check in with them on a regular basis and help them to feel less isolated during this lockdown period and beyond. Our thanks go to the National Lottery Fund who have made this appointment possible with their generous grant.’