The Circles Project at Age UK Doncaster is helping to combat loneliness and social isolation among older people in our area. We are very keen to support this work, particularly as we highlight local well-being support as part of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October 2018.
Ann is 69 and lives alone in Doncaster. Ann has always been a very sociable person and thrives when she is surrounded by people. When we met Ann in January she was bereaved, depressed and would go days without seeing anyone. Research carried out by Age UK in 2016 highlights that half a million older people go at least five or six days a week, without seeing or speaking to anyone at all. Circles are putting a stop to this by supporting people to get out more and make new connections.
Each Circle has a clear purpose that connects a person to something they are passionate about. Ann’s purpose was to ‘Join a group and meet new people’. Ann was matched with our volunteer Joan who introduced her to a social group at Bentley Library, which she now attends every week. ‘I feel miles better now; I have Joan, my volunteer and I have something to look forward to every week!’ Ann is now volunteering herself on the project and supporting other people to make new connections in their community.
You don’t need to have specific education or skills to volunteer. Just 2 hours a week can make a huge difference to someone’s life. Further details mare available here
Please contact the Circles Team to find out how you can get involved.
Telephone: (01302) 812345