Let's End Loneliness in South Somerset

Let's End Loneliness in South Somerset Conference, 10 October 2016

Download your copy of the event presentation slides. Links to various videos which were shown at the event can also be found below.

Event presentation slides (including presentations from Campaign to End Loneliness, Somerset Public Health, Time For Life - Westbank and 2BU)

Prezi presentation from Ageing Well Torbay

Age UK Somerset: Jean's Story video

Aardman Animation video


Current developments

 Work on Loneliness is being led by our voluntary sector support organisation SPARK.

 

  • Loneliness has been identified as one of the key themes by the South Petherton Community Partnership (funded by Symphony). A Loneliness sub-group now meets regularly to make practical plans in the community including a recent village Christmas dinner for over 40 people.

 

  • Working with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Symphony to develop a South Somerset Wellbeing Directory, that will contain information about community groups and support available. It will be based on the successful Health Connections Mendip model.

 

  • A 'Talking CafĂ©' is being piloted in Yeovil, a monthly meet-up for people who are socially isolated providing an opportunity for individuals to meet new friends, gain confidence and also to be signposted to other groups and support. Whilst facilitated by SPARK staff a network of volunteers is being trained to support the work so that more cafes can be started across the District.

 

  • A 'tool kit' for town and parish councils who wish to address the issue of loneliness and wider health and wellbeing challenges within their communities is being developed. It will give practical advice and support on how to create a community partnership that works; how to identify priorities and get funding.

 

For further information about the event and future actions, please contact Dave Crisfield via email at david.crisfield@southsomerset.gov.uk or call 01935 462240. Alternatively contact Katherine Nolan at SPARK Somerset via email at Katherine.Nolan@sparksomerset.org.uk.