Over the past 6 years, South London Cares’ Winter Wellbeing project has helped older neighbours across Southwark and Lambeth stay warm, safe, active and connected during the coldest time of the year: October to March. Each year, depending on the severity of the weather and the changing needs of our community, the project has looked a little bit different.
During the last six months, we’ve all felt loneliness. We’ve not been able to embrace loved ones, celebrate birthdays, or dance at weddings. We’ve not been allowed to grieve at funerals, visit care homes or even share a smile with a stranger from behind a mask. These restrictions have affected older and younger people alike – but we know that many older people in our community have found them particularly hard.
This year, as further restrictions are put in place to curb the threat of coronavirus, we will again be adapting our outreach to help better connect our communities. Although we know that isolation can be exacerbated in winter, we also know that its debilitating impact is felt year-round. That’s why we’re retiring the seasonal Winter Wellbeing project so that we can deploy our proactive outreach throughout the entire year.
We’ll do this because we know that over recent months, the closure of community centres, separation from friends and family, cancellation of hospital appointments, lack of access to the internet, sudden reliance on shopping services or mutual aid groups, and the ever-present fear of falling ill are issues that have dominated the lives of many older people. In that context, we’re redoubling our efforts to help older neighbours find the connection they need.
So, our year-round outreach at South London Cares now involves:
There are various ways you or your organisation can get involved with us:
To find out more about our work please call 0207 118 0404 or email Matt on [email protected].
Posted by Matt Scaysbrook on Tuesday 27th October 2020
Matt manages our growing volunteer network, and leads on reaching older south Londoners - introducing them to South London Cares and our programmes. Previously Matt worked as a Personal Trainer in various parts of London, and before that was an officer with the Metropolitan Police.