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Community | ‘Gas Girls’ on call to help tackle loneliness

Bristol Rovers Women’s players Georgia Vandries, Libby Bell and Jen Atherton have been volunteering their time to make phone calls to our elderly supporters as part of our ‘Tackling Loneliness’ project.

The EFL Trust Tackling Loneliness Project, which is funded by the DCMS, have enabled clubs and their community departments to reach out to elderly members of our fan base who may be isolating or suffering with loneliness during these difficult times.

Bristol Rovers Community Trust have already been making hundreds of calls and plenty of garden gate visits since the project started last year and the ‘Gas Girls’ were more than happy to get involved with the project. Making a simple 10-minute phone-call to check-in with elderly supporters can make an enormous difference their wellbeing and mental-health. Having a friendly conversation can often give people who may be isolating, a sense of belonging and worth.

Bristol Rovers Women's FC players, Georgia Vandries, Jen Atherton and Libby Bell

Bristol Rovers Women’s, Vice-Captain, said: “It’s been really nice to be able to reach out to the supporters and I think everyone has been feeling the same. It’s been really rewarding. The Trust has been amazing for us so far and we wanted to reach and help them because of the amazing work that they do.”

Bristol Rovers Community Trust and Bristol Rovers Women’s FC will continue to make calls and more garden gate visits throughout this lockdown period.



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