17 New volunteers trained at Skills & Care

Skills & Care a social enterprise that work with Nepalese and Gurkha community in Royal Borough of Greenwich conducted Elderly Advocacy Training to tackle with growing problem of elderly Gurkha veterans in the borough. On 16 March 2014 at Valley Central, Floyd Road, Charlton, total of 17 volunteers from Nepalese community took part in the training. The training was delivered by Advocacy for Elderly People is Greenwich.   The need of Nepalese speaking volunteer was identified due to language barriers the Gurkha family is facing since they immigrated to the UK. Government initiatives in integrating ex-Gurkha servicemen and their families has worked in some extent, but there are still hundreds of elderly Gurkhas  in the borough are living in isolation due to not being able to communicate in English. The newly trained Nepalese advocates for elderly people will volunteer to work with the most affected families in the borough.   Sonia Thapa, the Community Development Manager at Skills & Care says that we endeavour to offer our volunteer with new skills and experience so that they can give back to the community. She also said that Skills & Care is working together with the council and will be delivering more training on public health very soon.   The training certificates were handed to the participants by Cllr Jim Gillman, Cllr Janet Gillman, Terry Edwards, secretary for Greenwich and Woolwich CLP, Gerry Armstrong, Divisional Secretary at SSAFA and Giff Packham in an award ceremony organised at the end of training event.

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