Community project tackles loneliness in Wymondham
Hub Community Project, linked to Hope Community Church, is responding to the issue of isolation in the town by once again running the All Aboard! activities over Easter.
Easter is a time of year when families gather for food, fun and companionship. For those who are alone, the Easter holiday period can highlight their loneliness and All Aboard! offers an opportunity for them to get together with others.
All Aboard! is a ‘holiday at home’ with three days of activities and entertainment in a very relaxed and informal setting with a coach outing on the middle day. Participation in the activities is by choice and anyone wishing to come along but not join in will be very welcome. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The project is supported by the Co-Op and Norfolk Community Foundation.
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 also 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.
If you are aware of someone who is isolated, maybe a neighbour, friend or relative, we would ask you to encourage them to come along.
All Aboard will take place Tuesday 9 April to Thurs 11 April 2019 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.
The project is free to attend and is inclusive of refreshments, lunch, coach and entry fees. Transport to the Hub from Wymondham Market place can be arranged, please request at the time of booking. Places are limited so booking is essential, for a booking form please call 01953 798505. For more information please contact Linda, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 812619.
Hub Community Project is the charity which carries out the social action work for Hope Community Church and runs a number of support activities
for families in the community, see their website www.hubproject.org.uk for full details.