MANCHESTER Care & Repair recruited their first volunteer for one to one support in the Silverlinks project. Pauline is a home-owner in Longsight, Manchester and was happy to support Silverlinks .
She commented “this sounds like a really good idea and helping other older people is important to me.”
Pauline volunteers regularly in Manchester and is a board member of the Manchester City Council Valuing Older People Initiative. Care and Repair has supported Pauline to stay in her own home in later life by providing grab rails, banister rails, and new windows.
Pauline said “ My husband and I have lived in my house for 40 years where we have raised our children and grandchildren and we have no intention to move. This is our home where we have so many wonderful, happy memories.”
Silverlinks will link older volunteers with other older people who are facing making choices about their housing, to provide a listening ear, impartial advice and to give them support in making decisions about their future.