This week we held our first ever Winter Warmer social club, and an amazing 54 older neighbours turned up to see what all the fuss was about.
After five years of running our Winter Wellbeing project across Southwark and Lambeth, we’ve come to know so many brilliant organisations and services that work in and around the boroughs. These community partners of ours are people we meet with, refer to, and receive referrals from. Though we all have different areas of speciality, there is a common goal to be found – our interest in supporting people in the community to get the best out of life.
So this year, rather than giving our older neighbours a telephone number, leaflet, or filling in a referral form, we wanted to offer people a space to meet in person, face-to-face. The result was our Winter Warmer social club, with 54 older neighbours in attendance and 8 community partner representatives all in one room, chatting, informing and sharing all they had to offer.
“All the specialists were expert in their particular fields” Hugh, 68.
“You organised a great day yesterday. I had never heard of the Black Prince Trust.” Jacquie, 65.
While it might be easy for some to jump onto Google and search what's going on locally, for others, it's not quite so second nature. Sometimes the only way to find out about something is by someone telling you, and what better way to hear about local organisations than hearing it straight from the horse's mouth!
A huge thank you to our community partners who came along and shared all their information:
"It was great to be able to engage with so many people." James, Everyone Active.
"We had two of your members I met on Wednesday attend our 40+ class this morning!" Jason, Black Prince Trust.
Also, thank you to those who weren’t able to be there but provided us with leaflets for our older neighbours to take home.
If you’re interested in talking to us about opportunities to work together to help more people in our boroughs, please email [email protected]
Posted by Elyssa Kill on Friday 8th March 2019
Elyssa leads on outreach at South London Cares, as well as co-ordinating our volunteers.