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.

Lifting of Restrictions

Although restrictions are lifting at the Scheme, we are still following strict protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are cautiously and safely re-introducing some group activities by invitation only, in line with COVID guidelines, so we can manage the numbers attending.

This is a mammoth task as we want our ‘new normal’ to be as safe as possible, whilst ensuring that everyone who wants to, has the opportunity to attend at least one social activity each week. So please bear with us. Using a cautious approach means we can all adapt and then increase numbers and groups, when it is safe to do so.