It is a sad fact that some elderly people can, through no fault of their own, find themselves living very isolated lives.
As family and friends move away, factors such as illness, disability or bereavement make getting out and about more of a challenge. It can be easy for an elderly person to lose contact with the outside world. The resulting loneliness and isolation can be hard to bear - but Age UK Mid Devon can help.
Community Connections is an enabling service, that helps people to remain independent in their own homes and helps them to feel part of their community. Our aim is to help each client find simple, practical ways to stay engaged with life in the local community, and to help equip them to cope with the changes they are facing in their day-to-day life. By supporting people and building up their skills and self-confidence, we can fight loneliness and help stop people feeling isolated.
The Community Connector's Role
Community Connectors will work with individual clients for a specific period of time, to help them with a particular challenge or an aspect of their life they are finding difficult. Alongside companionship and conversation, each community connector will offer practical support to help the client remain independent and socially active.
The Community Connector's role could include:
- Support for people who have had a life changing experience, such as illness or bereavement
- Support for people who lack self-confidence
- Helping to improve the mental wellbeing of individuals living alone