One of the biggest issues affecting the well-being of old people today is social isolation. Family may have moved away and many of their friends are no longer around so they can often go many days without interacting with another person. The irony is that there are a lot of groups and organisations who have recognised this and are running all sorts of brilliant activities to help and encourage seniors to make new friends and stay active. The problem is that it’s often hard to get the word out so there may well be a lunch club going on just round the corner without lonely older people knowing about it.
That’s where we come in. Following the success our colleagues in Altrincham have had with a similar project, we’ve just produced our first South Manchester What’s on Where Guide. We’ve spent the last few months collecting the details of over 100 groups and activities being run for older people in our community. From reading groups to lunch Clubs, from knitting circles to gentle exercise classes and almost everything in between!
FREE WOW Guides Available Now!
We’re getting our FREE Guide out via as many channels as we can. We’re giving batches of guides to places older people visit, such as doctor’s surgeries and physios, letting all the groups on the list have copies to hand out and making them available to many other people and organisations who work with older people in our community.
If our neighbour’s experience is anything to go by (they’re already on their third edition!) our WOW Guide will soon become a valuable tool in the fight to reduce social isolation in our community.
If you’d like a FREE copy, or know anyone who would, or are involved with a group that would like to feature in our next edition then just give Alison a call on 0161 884 0562.