Grants from councillors have helped local charity TLC Befriending and Therapies.
TLC’s volunteers help people in the community with life-limiting conditions.
If they are being cared for by family carers, the carer has some time out. For those isolated and in need of help and support, TLC volunteers give them the opportunity to have someone to talk to, or even to have a small outing.
All volunteers take an induction course and are matched with someone living nearby - if possible, with similar interests.
The charity’s services include complementary therapies, so therapists are on hand to give gentle massage or reflexology, in return for a small donation, to clients and family carers, who are often exhausted and stressed.
TLC’s funding from The Big Lottery expired last autumn, but grants from councillors’ allocations for local projects have been the key to bridging the financial gap, and the charity would like to thank them.
Hampshire County Council members Floss Mitchell and Andrew Joy both sponsored two volunteers for a year; Cllr Mitchell backed one in Liphook and one in Grayshott, while Cllr Joy supported one in Holybourne and one in Alton.
East Hampshire district councillor Angela Glass covered the expenses of six Liphook volunteers for a year, while her colleague Graham Hill did likewise for four in Alton.
Fellow East Hampshire members Mervyn Smith, Nigel Wren and Bob Ayer supported three each in Bordon, Clanfield, Horndean and Petersfield.
Liphook councillor Rebecca Standish funded leaflet printing for volunteer recruitment, and Whitehill councillor Sally Pond funded TLC’s compulsory relocation to new premises, shared with the charity Furniture Helpline, in November.
In Bordon, with regeneration of the town, TLC estimates there will be a 43 per cent increase in demand for its befriending and support by 2019, so it is vital that its funding rises.
TLC has recently recruited another seven volunteers, spread throughout the communities it helps, including Four Marks, Alton, Bordon, Liphook, Lindford, Medstead and Beech.