'A Good Life' is an exciting initiative designed to bring community groups, businesses and volunteers together to tackle loneliness in later life.
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the programme brings together public and voluntary sector agencies including Community Action Network, BCP Council, Bournemouth University, Help and Care, Poole Housing Partnership, PramaLife and Public Health Dorset.
The programme aims to increase awareness amongst the wider community of the challenges of loneliness and social isolation that older people face, and equip community groups and businesses to identify and engage with older people, ultimately developing their own solutions to local need.
It is our aim that through the programme, older people will have greater knowledge of community services and activities, participate in more activities, and so will experience improved health and wellbeing, and reduced loneliness.
The programme is focussed initially on four wards in Poole: Alderney and Bourne Valley, Canford Cliffs, Newtown and Heatherlands and Poole Town.
For some individuals, taking those first steps into connecting with their community can be difficult. Our volunteer 'Community Connectors' will work on a one-to-one basis to help older people experiencing loneliness or social isolation enjoy community activities (through accompanying them at first, then helping to develop their confidence to continue independently). Volunteers will be recruited and appropriately trained to support older people, to identify what they would like to do and empower them to do it.
Please visit the volunteering page where you can find task descriptions and an application form.
If you are a business, community group or host activities in the Alderney, Canford Cliffs, Newtown or Poole Town areas, please get in touch to chat about how we can work together to help tackle loneliness in later life. Call Robynne Jones (Programme Coordinator for A Good Life) on 07971 759179 or email [email protected] Alternatively, contact Steve Place on 07966 742 933 or email [email protected] - you can also find more information about the role businesses and groups can play in building Great Neighbourhoods below.
Use the links below to learn more about the Good Life programme and discover how to lend your support either as an individual, group or business.
For many older people, A Good Life is reliant on a welcoming, understanding, supportive local community. Businesses and community groups play a key part in developing great neighbourhoods that support older people.
If you or someone you know has been feeling lonely for a while, a first step is to notice and identify this. Find out more about about how you or someone you know who is aged 65 or over can connect with your local community.
We’re looking for volunteers to bring this project to life through a variety of interesting and rewarding roles. Can you help us to end loneliness?
Do you know an older person that would benefit from taking part in our pen pal scheme, so we can match them with a local teenager?