New project to fight loneliness in Wombwell

New project to fight loneliness in Wombwell

By Michael Upton | 04/09/2018

New project to fight loneliness in Wombwell
Enjoying a little gentle exercise - members of one of the new community groups

ELDERLY Wombwell folk will benefit from £10,000 aimed at battling loneliness and bringing people together.

Ten new groups are being formed in Wombwell and Cudworth, with the aim of fighting isolation and keeping older and more vulnerable people safe and warm.

Age UK Barnsley will consult with communities and service providers, including GPs, hairdressers and pharmacies, to identify isolated older people and set up activities to bring them together. 

Dedicated events will be held to look at issues such as keeping warm, avoiding scams and managing personal finances. 

The pilot scheme, funded by energy network National Grid, is expected to provide one to one support to 100 older people and direct many more to existing activities. 

Jane Holliday, chief executive of Age UK Barnsley, said: “We are delighted with the generous donation. 

“The community grant will enable us to build on the work we are doing and provide evidence to the local council, to fund a longer-term solution.”

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