A VALE of Clwyd group is helping vulnerable and lonely people in the community.

The Denbigh Forget Me Not project was initially established as a social group for vulnerable and lonely people to meet up at the beginning of 2020.

The project's co-ordinator Leah Roberts said: "Due to Covid we were only able to have one session then closed, so we decided to change direction and become a volunteer group to try and support those most vulnerable in our community.

"Our project has gone from strength to strength and is well supported with over 275 volunteers covering... Bodelwyddyn, St Asaph, Denbigh, Ruthin and 16-plus villages."

The Denbigh Forget Me Not project's next session will be at the Plas Pigot, in Denbigh, on July 9 (10am-2pm).

These are for anyone who is lonely, elderly, carers or who would benefit from social interaction.

Further sessions are then scheduled for August 13, September 10, October 22, November 19 and December 12.


Denbighshire Free Press: A session organised by the Denbigh Forget Me Not projectA session organised by the Denbigh Forget Me Not project


The project has received funding from the Freeman Evans Trust, National Lottery and Cloecaenog wind farm.

"We also rely on the support and donations of our community to sustain our project," added Leah.

The project provides dog walking for a maximum of four weeks in order to offer support in a crisis situation, while some of the volunteers are able to provide transport to and from hospital appointments, as well as to and from local shops.

The Denbigh Forget Me Not project also provides befriending phone calls on a weekly basis and birthday presents can be arranged for those who are struggling to buy for their children.

Leah added: "We are aware of those in dire need who may need food parcels.

"We are able to offer a shopping delivery or vouchers.

"Although this would not be possible to do on a regular basis per household, we will do our upmost to support.

"We can do the shop for the person and we are happy to get the essentials needed."

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Volunteers are being sought to help out the project in its future endeavours.

"We are always looking for volunteers as most of our current volunteers work they are unable to commit to regular support," said Leah.

"We have a lot of enquires about befriending and we are seeking anyone who could offer to provide support on a regular basis, (such as) one or two hours a week.

"This would be to accompany a person shopping or to take them for lunch out, etc.

"We will also be contacting all volunteers in the next couple of months to see what their capacity to complete tasks will be as it’s been exceptionally difficult to keep track."

Anyone wishing to help out as a volunteer can e-mail leahroberts98@googlemail.com, or find the Denbigh Forget Me Not project on Facebook.