We aim to reduce the levels of loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. This project will help by supporting us to reach an additional 300 older people; assisting them to stay independent, improve wellbeing and develop community connections through our Live at Home services.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1083995)
Loneliness among older people is a growing issue. The population is ageing and the ‚Äúoldest‚Äù old are most likely to experience loneliness. Social connectedness has an impact on Wellbeing. Age UK research suggests that over 1 million older people go for over a month without having a meaningful conversation with a friend, family member or neighbour. 2.9 million people over 65 currently live alone By 2030 there will be two million people over 65 with no children.
We support older people to regain independence and lead more active and fulfilled lives, enabling them to remain living at home for longer. We focus on improving wellbeing by focusing on the whole person ‚Äì mind, body and spirit. Members can choose from a wide variety of services, clubs and activities based on their needs. These range from 1:1 befriending which enables a friendship based on companionship, trust and advice to form ‚Äì through to strength and balance classes enjoyed as a group.
‚ÄúThey just really care‚Ä¶if you‚Äôre a little bit upset or just need someone to talk to, they‚Äôve got time for you. Last year I lost my dad and they sent me a card and I thought that was really nice.‚Äù
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs nice that you can get up in the morning and think ‚ÄòOh good, I‚Äôve got somewhere to go‚Äô, because when you‚Äôve got nowhere to go it‚Äôs boring, the day‚Äôs long‚Ä¶‚Äù
‚ÄúThey have you laughing when you don‚Äôt even feel like laughing. You go home and you‚Äôre still smiling.‚Äù
“They just really care…if you’re a little bit upset or just need someone to talk to, they’ve got time for you. Last year I lost my dad and they sent me a card and I thought that was really nice.”
“I think it’s nice that you can get up in the morning and think ‘Oh good, I’ve got somewhere to go’, because when you’ve got nowhere to go it’s boring, the day’s long…”
“They have you laughing when you don’t even feel like laughing. You go home and you’re still smiling.”
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