Loneliness to be shown the red card by AFC Fylde Community Foundation
A ground-breaking project aimed at tackling loneliness has now been launched by AFC Fylde Community Foundation.
Working in partnership with Fylde Borough Council, The National Lottery and Kepak Consumer Foods the Loneliness Prevention Project is specifically aimed at assisting over-65s who are struggling to integrate into the local community.
Taking referrals from organisations, family, friends and from the individual themselves, the project will empower socially isolated and lonely people to take control of their health and wellbeing. The focus will be on connecting people to community groups and other local services for practical and emotional support in addition to helping existing groups to be accessible and sustainable.
Some of the many ways in which the project will support includes:
· Telephone/Video calls: Building up a relationship with the individual through weekly calls.
· Face-to-face meetings: Garden gate visits and local walks close to where the individuals live to build confidence and encourage them to leave their home.
· Introduction to local groups: Once the individual is comfortable leaving their home the Co-ordinator will introduce them to local groups and activities, accompanying them until they feel comfortable to attend on their own.
Jackie Heyworth, Loneliness Prevention Project Co-ordinator at the Foundation believes the project is key to helping the local community get back on its feet.
She said: “During the past 15 months we have all experienced challenging times. A lot of people will be looking forward to restrictions being lifted, however, there will be many feeling vulnerable and in need of support.
“It is our job to work with these people and help them feel involved and part of the local community. That might be by signposting them to local groups or working with the individual by helping them visit a local store for essential shopping.
“We are working closely with statutory services across Fylde to ensure that anybody who needs access to this programme will be directed to us. We will then engage with the individual to see what their needs are and look to get them involved in local groups within Fylde on a regular basis.”
If you know somebody who may benefit from this programme, please contact Jackie Heyworth on 07570 951975, by emailing Jackie.email@example.com.
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