Local volunteers donate their time to build permanent supportive links within the neighbourhood and help to develop and run activities, which older residents can access. To unlock each volunteers potential, we offer a range of training to build individual skills and knowledge so they are empowered to promote active citizenship. Volunteers then continue to encourage residents of all ages to form supportive networks and create a greater sense of community.
Our volunteers take part in many creative activities to build community networks including street outreach involving door knocking, walk and talk sessions, regular community pop up cafes and intergenerational contact, such as arranged visits to care homes by local schoolchildren. Volunteers can also act as Befrienders, supporting vulnerable older residents who are particularly lonely or isolated. These activities not only create a massive impact on resident’s lives, but is proven to also have a positive impact the volunteers’ mental health also.
This programme develops a greater sense of social cohesion, especially in areas where residents report a lack of community identity. By enabling a greater sense of connection for older residents, neighbourhoods become more resilient and form a structure bringing residents of all generations together.