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Loneliness and isolation in our community

01.08.2022

Social isolation and loneliness are a significant and growing problem in the older population in the UK and have been identified as a risk factor for all cause morbidity and mortality.

Our community befriending coffee mornings continue to draw good crowds. They provide a good opportunity for attendees to come together to have a chat about what has been happening since the last time they met. Friendships are sustained and new friends made by getting out and socialising and benefits physical and mental wellbeing.

While our coffee mornings are fun and enjoyable morning for those who attend, we must remember the main reason we hold these coffee mornings. We are working to combat loneliness and isolation in our community.  We get referrals daily for individuals who are isolated and alone.  

We encourage people to attend our local events and meet people for good conversation and social interaction even picking up digital skills and tips on healthy living and caring for our environment along the way. We also take the opportunity to deliver healthcare chats and the majority of attendees tell us they are better informed on how to live healthier lives because of these chats are more aware of services and support in the community.

We are also able to signpost people to our information, advice and guidance workers should they need any specific report in relation to welfare.

To find out more about this service please contact Jeri 020 8208 8590 ext: 219 or by email befriending@ashfordplace.org.uk