Let’s Connect is a Big Lottery funded project that helps people who are socially isolated or lonely back into their community and build support networks around the most vulnerable.
The project is open to anyone over the age of 18 at risk of social isolation or loneliness, regardless of ability. Our offer is split into two subjects: Community Connecting and Circles of Support. Please have a look below to find out more (you can access both options at the same time).
Creating sustainable support for vulnerable people in our community
A Circle of Support is a great way to build a support network around someone that is vulnerable. We work closely with a person who is the focus of the circle to really get to know them and find out how a support network can positively influence their lives.
A Circle identifies issues/concerns and explores a range of possible solutions, helps to achieve ambitions and goals whilst building up a network of people to provide continuous support.
There are 4 people that a circle can be formed:
- Love – People who are close to them and are in their life because they love them.
- Friendship – Anyone they have built a friendship with and feel close to.
- Association – People outside their love network but are a part of their life.
- Paid – People who are paid to be in their life and help them.
Bringing people together in their
Let’s Connect aims to support adults who feel lonely or isolated to get better involved, engaged and connected with their own communities by linking them with local activities they enjoy.
How does it work?
Our Community Connectors would visit each individual in their own home to discuss their interests or hobbies. The Connectors would then use in depth knowledge of the Borough to see what suitable groups they could connect to, taking into account any mobility support that a person may need.
We would attend the first couple of visits to any new group until their confidence increases. We may still be in touch to see how things are going and we will be here in case they need any further help.
Being more included in the community not only reduces isolation and loneliness but increases safety and improves quality of life.