New support service for Wraxall villagers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 February 2017

Village agent Sarah Friend.

Village agent Sarah Friend.


A village agent is now working in Wraxall to support people over 50 to live independently and access any help they need.

Sarah Friend is the village agent for Community Connect which is run by Curo and the West of England Rural Network and funded by North Somerset Council.

The aim of Community Connect is to reduce social isolation in rural areas by providing opportunities for people to become more active in their community, to support existing groups and set up new ones.

Agents also give people the opportunity to have their say on current and future services and provide information, advice and help.

Sarah said: “As a village agent, having come from a rural background myself, I understand that the needs and wishes of people living in rural areas may be different to those in urban communities.

“My role is to help all those over the age of 50 to access information and advice to allow them to remain living independently within the community.

“My aim is to listen and work with those who need my help to achieve these wishes.

“I can help with all sorts of issues that you may have, from transport to medical appointments, support for carers, fire safety checks, advice on unwanted callers and scams, claiming for benefits, help with mobility, to helping you find activity groups so that you can socialise with others.”

Community Connect can support people to learn new skills, take up a new hobby or volunteer at local events so they stay active in their communities.

Sarah Friend can be contacted on 01275-888803, 07422-078548 or via email at

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