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OLDER people across South Yorkshire are set to benefit from a new charity hub.

The local branch of the WRVS is setting up a new base in Scedu office space in Mowbray Street, Sheffield city centre, to offer a range of services to the elderly.

South Yorkshire’s hub is one of 67 across England, Scotland and Wales, will be run by a locality manager, and will offer a set of WRVS services including transport, companionship and social activities.

Help can be a simple trip to the shops, regular companionship or assistance with meals.

A launch event will take place at Cutlers Hall in Sheffield on Thursday when the Lord Mayor of Sheffield will be presenting awards to WRVS’ local long-serving volunteers.

Carol Foster, WRVS locality manager for South Yorkshire, said: “With the growing number of older people in society and shrinking state support, there is more demand than ever for WRVS services to help older people live independently. Our new hub will allow us to help more older people benefit from the practical support that makes such a huge difference to their lives. WRVS will be the bridge between hospital, home and the community, supporting older people wherever they need it.

“The new way of working puts the individual’s needs at the heart of the service. We want to make it possible for older people to carry on doing the things they enjoy - whether that’s a lift to the football or organising a visit to the pub for lunch with friends.”