Link Age Southwark

Tackling loneliness amongst older people

We want to tackle loneliness amongst older people in Southwark by connecting them to our lively social groups. These exercise and activity groups meet during the day in the community and are run by dedicated volunteers. We want to run more groups and reach more people!

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1105923)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£12,500

Amount raised

£21,500

Donations

55

    Category

    Helping

Location

Situation

Over half of older people consider the television to be their main source of company. As we age, our mobility decreases, our social networks may shrink and we may not be able to leave the house as much as we used to. This leaves older people at risk of loneliness and social isolation which can have a damaging impact on their health. Isolated people are at a greater risk of experiencing serious physical and mental health problems and are more likely to visit their GP or A&E.

Solution

Our exercise and activity groups help to ensure that the older people we work with can age healthily and happily, continue to learn, remain mobile, develop and maintain meaningful relationships and remain part of their local community. This project will help us to reach more older people in need of a little extra social contact. Our group evaluations confirm that the groups have a clear social function and increase attendee’s energy levels.