Loneliness Group 'WOWed'

Gary Wells, Community Development Officer for Home Instead Senior Care has been asked to Chair the Loneliness Steering Group in Tameside. The steering group was set up by Angela Wild from Tameside Public Health to tackle Loneliness in Tameside! The Group was formed with organisations such as Active Together, Tameside Arts, TMBC Neighbourhood Officers, Age UK Tameside, Mottram Methodist Church and the Grafton Centre. Home Instead were asked to be a part of this group because of their fantastic work with their “WOW Guide” which details: What’s on Where in Tameside for Older Adults. The WOW Guide is a list of over 80 groups, clubs and activities which are "free of charge" in Tameside

The aim of the steering group is to tackle the big issue of loneliness in the community which can lead to poor health, illness and hospitalisation. The Group are looking at how they can identify people in the community who are at risk, put in place strategies to support people and look at what needs to change to reduce loneliness.

The three areas that the group will work on are Transport, Buddying and Information.

At the first meeting of the Steering Group on the 9th May 2017 the group launched with the Tameside WOW Guide which it intends to hand out to as many people as possible to encourage them to access activities and social clubs. Tameside Public Health has supported the Tameside WOW guide as part of their work to tackle social isolation & loneliness in the community! The WOW Guide will be distributed to organisations such as GP Surgeries & Health Centres, Libraries, Community Centres, Sheltered Housing and signposting organisations as well as the groups on the WOW Guide whose activities are on the guide!

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Sue Moorcroft (Neighbourhood North Project Officer, TMBC), Angela Wild (Tameside Public Health), Debbie Fiddler (Mottram Methodist Church), Gaynor Hannon (Grafton Centre), Ruth Madden (Active Together) and Gary Wells (Home Instead Senior Care).

If you would like more information about the Loneliness Steering Group, the Tameside WOW Guide, the support Home Instead can provide to conquer social isolation or being a caregiver with Home Instead Senior Care, please call 0161 480 0646 or visit: www.homeinstead.co.uk/stockport

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home