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Wymondham community tackles loneliness issue

As some activities wind down for the summer and people go off on holiday, The Hub Community project in Wymondham says that August doesn’t have to be a lonely month. They are holding free holiday activities for older people from August 14 - 16.

This time of year is traditionally a time when we look forward to our summer holiday and meeting family and friends for fun and adventure.  However, for some in the community this seems unattainable as they simply have ‘no-one to go with’.

There has been much media coverage recently about the impact of loneliness in our communities. 

Hub Community Project, a Wymondham based charity connected to Hope Community Church in the town, is repeating its project for those who feel lonely or isolated to meet up with others for companionship, food and fun.  This will be in the format of a ‘holiday at home’ with three days of themed activities and entertainment including a coach outing.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  The project is supported by two local retailers, One Stop and the Co-op, each by making a grant towards the costs from their 5p charge for carrier bags.  The Manager of Wymondham Co-op (Wymondham Market Place), Alan Tilley, is quoted as saying “I am really proud that we can support such a worthwhile cause in our community”. 

Loneliness can affect people of all ages but for the elderly it can be an issue which leads to emotional and mental health problems.  Many older people live alone and are not often visited by their children or other relatives.  They can often lose touch with their other contacts, as they or their friends become increasingly ill and less able to leave their homes, or they suffer bereavements which leave them feeling less able to make connections with new people. This isolation is widespread among those over 75, with nearly half saying that television or pets are their main form of company, and with as many as 13% of over 75 year olds admitting that they are either often or always lonely.

All Aboard! will take place Tuesday 14 August to Thurs 16 August 2018 at the Hub, Ayton Road, Wymondham, NR18 0QJ. 
The project aims to gather older people and connect them with those with similar interests so that lasting friendships can be formed.  At the close of the project people will be signposted to local activities; with a companion it is hoped that they will be able to play a fuller part in the community.  Evidence shows that combatting loneliness in this way will have a positive and beneficial effect of the health of those attending. 

There is no charge for this event but booking is essential, for a booking form please call 01953 798505.  For more information please contact Linda, email or call 01603 812619.

Click here to download a flyer

Hub Community Project runs a number of support activities for families in the community, see their website for full details.

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