A CHARD group providing peer support for isolated adults is calling on residents of the town to come forward and volunteer.

Chard WATCH CIC was founded just over 10 years ago by Julie Matthews, and meets every Thursday at Chard Rugby Club.

One of their dedicated volunteers, Alan Williams, has just hung up his cooking apron after six years.

He said: “I’ve been cooking lunches, along with my wonderful assistant Soo, for the WATCH project in Chard for the last six years or so, and now I have decided to hang up my spatula, to enable someone else to take the reins.

“My time at WATCH has been a revelation to me of the wonderful, selfless work that Julie and her team are doing to help and encourage people with confidence and mental health issues, with I might add resounding success.

“I urge the people of Chard to get behind this wonderful organisation in any way possible.

“Believe me, you will get out of it, more satisfaction than you thought possible.”

The group had a party just before Christmas with 78 people in attendance.

There are lots of ways you could get involved volunteering at the project, from cooking to helping with IT to generally helping out during the day.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact their Volunteer Coordinator, Leonie, at leoniegirling.watchproject@gmail.com.