In disconnecting times, listening, hearing, seeing and connecting with neighbours is vital. That's why South London Cares' sixth Winter Wellbeing project helping older neighbours to stay warm, active and connected was one of our biggest to date.
Through a combination of community collaborations, reaching out to neighbours where they are – knocking on doors and building trust – the project created hundreds of new conversations, interactions and connections not just across the generations but to the wider community of relationships, activities and services.
This year, as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, those relationships and connections took on extra importance, as we know that many of our older neighbours in our communities are more scared of social isolation than they are of the virus.
So we're proud of the scale of this year's project, but also of the depth. And we're proud that while we made hundreds of referrals and interventions, each one was made with a listening ear and a recognition of the fullness and richness of people's lives – the love and loss, the hope and heartbreak, the mischief and misadventure.
Please read the graphic and 30-page report below which share the stats and stories of those remarkable lives. And over the coming weeks, stay posted to South London Cares' website and social media channels for more of those individual stories which, taken together, help us all to feel part of something bigger than our own lives.
Posted by Matt Scaysbrook on Friday 5th June 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.