When Frances moved from London to Leeds, it was all a big change and she did not feel connected to her new surroundings. She didn’t know her neighbours and didn’t feel confident. Her involvement with Richmond Hill Elderly Action Street Links project has changed all that.
Frances volunteers as a “Street Agent,” which means she takes on the responsibility of looking out people on her street, checking in on those she hasn’t seen in a while and generally being a good neighbour. With society changing the way it has and eroding some community connections, projects like Street Links help build them back up again.
Not only is she helping others, but Frances is also helping herself. She finds the role very rewarding and it helps her get out of the house more.
When asked what advice she would give to people who might be hesitating about getting involved with something like this, she says: “Get off your backsides and do it. It’s something to get out of bed for in the mornings and you feel good knowing you’ve helped someone.”
Well done to Frances, Tricia, Claire and everyone at RHEA who has worked hard to make this project a success.