Young at Heart normally offers a range of services to combat social isolation faced by older people in and around Stoke-on-Trent.
The project runs friendship groups across North Staffordshire to befriend isolated older people and provide social opportunities. There are lunch clubs, social clubs and outings, offering a wide range of activities for people to take part in – all of which improve their health and wellbeing.
The activities include musicians, exercise classes, crafts, bingo, games, healthy eating sessions and much more. Speakers also visit to offer information on wide-ranging topics such as healthy living, benefits, staying safe in the home and more. It also runs an outreach project to tackle the unique problems faced by older men.
However during the Covid-19 pandemic we have currently had to cancel all our groups and face to face befriending however during the crisis we are still hoping to have a telephone befriending service going until the Pandemic is over and we can go back to normal groups and befriending again.
Father Hudson’s telephone befriending referral scheme. This is available to anyone over 55 and who is, socially isolated, lonely or vulnerable, or all three. If you know of anyone that may need this service, please complete the form: Telephone Befriending scheme referral form
Return the completed form to Mark Porter firstname.lastname@example.org