Close to Home:
It's time to care for our own!


We are taking the time to care for our own people close to home
we need you to care alongside us!


EPNAVCO’s Close to Home is a range of services giving a direct community response to combat issues our town’s most vulnerable residents face from isolation, loneliness, debt and benefit changes, health conditions & more.


Our goal is to create ongoing, sustainable initiatives that continually reflect the REAL needs and issues that affect local people, especially the elderly and most vulnerable.


Collaboration & Community

EPNAVCO’s developed collaborative partnerships with statutory agencies such as Cheshire West and Chester Council, local organisations such as Plus Dane, locally-based charities such as the Debt Advice Network to join forces to create a package of support for residents under the banner Close to Home.


Close to Home allows local people to volunteer their time in a range of opportunities all designed to be low on time and high on help.



EPNAVCO's Befriending Scheme


Loneliness and isolation can be as detrimental to one's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.


We want 100 more Volunteer Befrienders across the Ellesmere Port area to support vulnerable and elderly residents. 


Local residents will be matched with a trained Volunteer Befriender who provides support & companionship year round.


 For Volunteer Befrienders

We offer:

  • Free training  in befriending skills
  • Free DBS checks that may be portable
  • Travel expenses are covered
  • Ongoing support and supervision from EPNAVCO staff



For a description of the role please click here.


To volunteer complete the application form and volunteer agreement. Then return by email to


Alternatively you can apply online at the Do-It website or call EPNAVCO on 0151 370 2960 for more information and details to be sent by mail. 


For Elderly & Vulnerable Adults


Ellesmere Port's most vulnerable and elderly residents can register for our FREE Befriending Scheme.


Have someone dedicated to simply chatting, helping you to get out and about, and accessing to local services.


Referrals can be made by agencies, statutory bodies, & anybody concerned with the welfare of an individual. Complete the following referral and agreement forms.


Alterantiavely call EPNAVCO on 0151 370 2960.




Close to Home directly tackles isolation and loneliness for Ellesmere Port's most vulnerable and elderly residents.

Volunteers clear snow, ice, and leaves from pathways so elderly neighbours can come and go free from the fear of falls and slips during cold weather spells.

Because volunteers only operate when the weather takes a turn for the worst, it's a great way to add volunteering to your exisiting schedule.

So if you are:

  • Out for a run

  • Walking the dog

  • On the way home or to work

  • Off to keep fit, play/watch a game, the pub or elsewhere

This is an ideal way to devote a small amount of time but have a huge impact in others' lives.

Call EPNAVCO on 0151 370 2960 to register your details and receive free training and equipment.


Bank of Volunteers

Low on Time but High on Help


Invest small chunks of time over the year in short-term initiatives that beneift people, community groups, schools, and charities in Ellesmere Port.

  Choose from:

  • 1 Day events

  • Weekend events

  • 1 Week projects

 Commit to just one event a year!

Call EPNAVCO on 0151 370 2960 to be added to our database of local volunteers.






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