Coventry, well-being.Mr Waterman, Big Lottery Fund, Community Service, Chris Hughes
Music tycoon Pete Waterman urged fellow over- 50s to make the changes they wanted to see in Coventry by volunteering in their communities.The city-born music producer is patron of the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) charity and launched a new volunteering service for the over-50s in Coventry yesterday.He also handed over a ??200,000 Big Lottery Fund cheque to allow the CSV initiative to extend its range of opportunities.The money will be used by the Retired and Senior Voluntary Programme (RSVP), which is creating projects for older people to help reduce feelings of isolation and improve health and well-being.Mr Waterman, who was behind some of the most popular chart hits of the 80s, spoke of his affection for CSV at the Methodist Central Hall in the city centre, where volunteers gathered to showcase what they have to offer.Mr Waterman urged people to get involved and said: You can make a difference, that's what volunteering is about. It doesn't matter what politicians say, you can make a difference in your community." The ??202,245 cheque will mean that volunteering projects in Coventry will be extended so more over 50s can get involved in projects, such as community allotments, garden schemes and organised walks.Ann and Chris Hughes, of Broad Lane, Coventry, run a weekly RSVP healthy walking group in Coventry which attracts about 20 people.Mr Hughes, aged 68, said: "It gives people who don't like to go walking on their own the chance to get out with other people and it's given us an extra social event to look forward to. We've made a lot of friends." Anyone interested in volunteering for the RSVP project should contact Lesley Hawkins on 024 7625 2418 or email email@example.com 27th May 2009"
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