What’s on Where Guide launched to combat elderly loneliness

Gary and David with the WOW Guide. Gary and David with the WOW Guide.

A guide to local activities which will encourage local people to get out and about has been launched in Stockport by local businessman, David Moore and his Community Development Officer, Gary Wells.

The guide, called the WOW Guide (What’s on Where), has been compiled by David and Gary as they have visited or heard about local groups and organisations which might be of interest to the clients of David’s homecare business, Home Instead.

The first edition of the WOW Guide covers the Stockport area and is now available to be picked up in various locations including Libraries, Health Centres and Sheltered Housing Schemes. David and Gary are looking for more local events and groups to be featured in the next edition and they are urging people to get in touch if they want to promote their local activities for the elderly.

Speaking about his motivation to produce the Guide, David said, “My day job is all about arranging care for elderly people. But it’s not all about getting people out of bed or getting them washed and bathed.

“What makes us different is the companionship and social stimulation that our CAREGivers, who are matched to their clients based on shared interests, provide.

“In researching things going on in our local area that CAREGivers could accompany clients to, or that clients could attend in their own time, I realised just how active our local area is. And then I had the idea to share the information more widely, and that’s where the WOW Guide came in.

“As you can imagine, local groups are delighted to see their coffee mornings, lunch clubs, dance classes and support groups publicised so it’s a win-win situation. The groups will benefit, our clients and caregivers benefit and so do others in the area.

“We are interested to hear from more groups that would love to be featured in our guide, so we are encouraging people to get in touch!”

For more information and to obtain a copy of the WOW Guide, contact David or Gary at Home Instead in Stockport on 0161 480 0646 or visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/stockport.

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