More than 60 voluntary groups from across the borough came together this week (16 November) for a special evening of networking at Loddon Hall in Twyford hosted by the Borough Mayor, Cllr Bob Pitts.
During the evening Professor Heinz Wolff, internationally renowned scientist inventor and broadcaster, gave a talk about the Give and Take Care project which he has launched to support the UK's long term care revolution programme.
Give and Take Care has a bold ambition: to defuse the demographic and resources time bomb of our ageing population. It allows volunteers to earn their own care time for the future, by helping others in their communities today.
The scheme provides a ‘care pension’ account, logging the hours of care volunteers give to others, which they can then access for their own care later in their lives if they need it.
Cllr Bob Pitts, Borough Mayor, said: “One of the best things about being mayor is that I get to meet so many voluntary groups and hear what they are doing. I thank them for all they do to make people’s lives better.
“Helping others through volunteering has long been known to benefit people giving care as well as those receiving it. This reciprocal scheme means volunteers would be assured of receiving care if and or when they eventually require it themselves. I wish Professor Wolff and his team every success.”
Find more details about Give and Take Care on its website.