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Senior volunteer programmes!

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programmes) are programmes that encourage over 50s to get involved in community activities. It's a win-win: the seniors stay active and in touch with their community, while the community benefits too.

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From the website:  http://rsvp-west.org.uk/

Over 50? You’ve spent a lifetime developing skills, knowledge and abilities. If you’re ready to share that experience and to balance leisure with community involvement, RSVP volunteering is just what you’re looking for. Opportunities are as diverse as the volunteers themselves.

RSVP West is inspired and led by volunteers — more than 800 — with no permanent paid staff. We have a long and varied list of projects, each with a group of volunteers working with a organiser. Projects range from helping children in school, through knitting trauma teddies to comfort distressed children, through collecting prescriptions for housebound people, to aiding the enjoyment of visitors to the Matthew in Bristol Harbour.

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My view: Social connections are the things that will keep us happy and healthy in old age. Community activities provide purpose in retirement. 

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