Combine the resources, compassion and localness of the churches that are in every community to “re-connect” 1000 older people in Poole so that we stop the increase in loneliness in our town
Create a “Hope in the Community” network of member churches who can be equipped to play their part in reducing loneliness in their community
Supported by training, dial-in support, and knowledge-sharing from charity partners to enhance existing activity and so that no-one has to reinvent the wheel
Specific network churches may choose to work together to create town-wide support (e.g. community driver networks, specialist end-of-life befrienders)
To work in partnership and collaboratively with the Local Authority & Statutory Bodies, Charities and Volunteer Organisations;
To be faithful to serve & trust God that He alone can restore & transform lives
Our Objectives are:
To Support isolated people into the network
To represent, consult and feedback to member churches;
To bring physical hope to those who are isolated through emergency food provisions and to access a pathway of unconditional support;
To create a safe environment/s where the holistic needs of the individual can be assessed;
To identify & signpost people to find additional help and support
To provide training and activities that complement existing services, help build self-confidence, and help the individual dream and fulfil their potential as God intended;
To support an individual unconditionally on their journey short or long term;
To provide & support
All of this work is to be done to the highest standards of safeguarding and confidentiality; with an increasing understanding and management of risk (inc. necessary insurance)
Here’s how it works…
We accept referrals from anyone, including individuals, as long as the referred person has given permission, is over 65 and lives in Poole.
Meeting up - We will meet with the person to identify activities and additional support that will help them maintain their independence.
Connecting - We will make sure that they can get to these activities (and come too if that’s helpful).
Keeping contact - We will provide regular telephone support or find a volunteer to drop in and chat on a regular basis if needed.
Making sure it works - We will contact the person after a while to make sure they are happy and see if there is anything else we can do to help
How can you join in?
Give a little time - Could you drop in to chat with someone who’s feeling lonely; or help at a regular club or event; or be willing to drive people to activities; or even become a telephone befriender? Just a couple of hours per month could transform a lonely life.
Give - financially 3 people giving £5 per month would allow us to re-connect someone with their local community.
Partner - Can we help equip your church or group to reach out to the lonely in their community?
Pray - Can we send you regular information so that you can pray for an end to the growing epidemic of loneliness.
Meet your coordinator Jill, if you need to contact her please use the details here