Heart charity in volunteer drive

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Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The British Heart Foundation is looking for volunteers among the retired population in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The heart charity’s bid to sign up recruits is also part of a drive to help people stay active and provide them with opportunities to make new friends as they enter retirement.

In 2001, there were 800,000 people in the region of retirement age. In the 2011 census, the number of over-65s had risen by 81,000, the BHF said. And with meeting new people cited as one of the main reasons for volunteering, the charity is keen to boost its numbers.

University College London’s professor Andrew Steptoe said that the amount of people aged 55-64 living alone had gone up by half, and that loneliness and isolation could have a detrimental effect on heart health.

Local schemes which encourage socialising have a positive impact on people who can feel cut off from life, Professor Steptoe said. This was backed up by Community Service Volunteers research, which found that people who volunteer are happier and go on to have a better quality of life.

More information can be found by visiting bhf.org.uk/volunteer.

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Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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