Reduce Loneliness

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Working to reduce loneliness and isolation

Loneliness is bad for you! In these days of smaller families and movement away for work, many older people are left feeling isolated. Older men in particular are at risk of isolation as a result of bereavement or a change in health.

We offer a twice weekly Drop-in Coffee Morning on Tuesday and Friday between 9.30am – 11.30am to offer information and advice. Our services also include:

  • A home visit to introduce our service and to assess if/how we can help
  • A follow-on support visit at times of change
  • We hold a lot of information in leaflet form about services designed to support older people.  This is available in our centre on Station Road or can be delivered to you after a telephone conversation, if mobility is a problem.
  • Limited transport to our activities for people who can’t otherwise access them
  • A befriending service for people who are housebound
  • Support for people living with dementia and their families
  • A monthly dementia support group ‘Birds of a Feather’
  • A monthly carers’ support group working in partnership with Carers Leeds
  • Monthly bereavement peer support group working in partnership with Carers Leeds
  • Our More than a Mealtime project help to reduce isolation through sharing a meal together.
  • Walking, dancing and gentle exercise groups
  • Two weekly Lunch Clubs
  • Painting & Drawing and Creative Writing Classes
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele classes
  • We will support you with technology and IT at our Technology Friday Drop-In or our Monday one-to-one lessons.
  • Seasonal events and celebrations

Visit our Regular Activities page for more information about what’s happening now.

Since Covid-19 Lockdown

We have been working hard to provide as many services to our members under lockdown as we can. This involves practical support like shopping, accessing prescriptions and befriending calls to make sure all our members are OK.

We have also invested time in developing our ‘virtual services’ such as virtual coffee mornings, talks and games sessions for our members. You can read more in our Virtual Coffee Mornings news story or visit YouTube to hear our member Marie’s story.

For more information about any of our services – either virtually or ‘in real life’ please get in touch.

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