Working together to help 500 elderly isolated people in Chesterfield move away from isolation and loneliness
Retirement is to be a time to enjoy the remaining years isn't it?
Spend time with family and friends. Creating new memories and adventures.
Well for many, that dream never happens. There are many people in Chesterfield who don't have family or even friends to help them feel part of something. This leads to feelings of isolation, loneliness and in some cases poverty.
That was never the dream for anyone.
But we can all help someone feel a little brighter about their day
HOW WE HELP
Our Telephone Befriending Service enables our team of volunteers to make calls each week to elderly people who have little to no human contact.
The little things that we all take for granted are often missing with vulnerable elderly people and each call we make brings joy. We want to make as many calls as we can each week
We also run the Active Age Project. This is where we will pair a volunteer with a lonely elderly person to visit them, have a cup of tea and a chat. Just a little something to help them realise that they aren't alone in the world. These visits are lifelines for some of the people that we support
Government funding just isn't enough.
Through our services, we reach out to elderly vulnerable people in Chesterfield every week in 2 ways.
Firstly our Telephone Befriending Service project. This is simply a few calls a week to have a chat. It doesn't sound like much but it makes all the difference in the world to those we reach.
The second is the Working Together for Older People initiative. This is an attempt to get elderly people back into communities so that they don't feel on their own.
To run Telephone Befriending Service we have a small team of very special people. People that take time out of their day to say hello to a person that they may never meet. We are currently staffed enough to look after 100 people of Chesterfield but it's not enough. There are over 28,000 people on Chesterfield over the age of 60 so our efforts need to be increased.