The Living Well Hub

 

The Living Well Hub is a re-development and extension of the Lifestyles project offering a wide range of support to adults who want to get the most out of life. 

 

The Living Well Hub provides friendly and tailored support for people who are lonely or isolated. The service helps to build people's confidence and reduce feelings of isolation by providing support for everyone. The Living Well Hub offers the following services:

 

  • Befriending for people who are unable to leave their home or unsure about doing so.
  • Social Activities for those who are keen to meet new friends.
  • Digital Inclusion to support those wishing to explore the world of technology and access the on-line community.

 

The guiding principles of the initiative are to support people so that they: 

 

  • Keep busy
  • Stay independent
  • Get connected
  • Enjoy life

 

QUICK UPDATE - WHAT WE'RE DOING THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS

 

Due to the Coronavirus all face-to-face groups and support are suspended at present. However, we are still offering telephone support, so if a chat would help, get in touch on 01623 555 551 or email s.clarke@ashfieldvoluntaryaction.org.uk. Check out our Staying Safe at Home sheets which you can find HERE and for a better understanding of how the project is working at present download our project description which you can find HERE.

 

Please check out the NEWS section of our website and our presence on social media for regular updates and the information, resources and services available at this time. 


WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT AND WHAT DO WE HOPE TO DELIVER?

 

Loneliness and isolation can lead to a variety of health and wellbeing issues. Using our experience, knowledge, position in the community and working together with local people we hope to provide a range of services to benefit all needs. From group activities to befriending, check-in calls to video chat or shopping trips to surfing the net, Ashfield Voluntary Action’s support service will be there for you.

 

If you would like to talk to someone, or request information on the wide range of ways in which Ashfield Voluntary Action can support you or someone you know, please complete our simple enquiry form. Please also use this form if you would like information on how you can get involved in befriending or supporting people in your area.

 

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

 

Some of the people who previously accessed the Lifestyles project had become isolated as a consequence of bereavement and/or a decline in health or mobility and had often lost their confidence.

 

Our Co-ordinator typically used to visit people in their own home, identifying their needs and signposting them to services which address their physical needs. The Co-ordinator then talked to them about activities which were of interest to them. The Co-ordinator for example, could go along with them to the first session of an art class, chair-based exercise, or lunch club, to break the ice and make it feel like a less daunting experience. This was the aspect of the project which made the real difference and could quite literally be life changing. People who were withdrawn, isolated and depressed, developed a social network and friendships and significantly improved their quality of life, as well as accessing the support services they needed.

 

Whilst the new service is similar in terms of the tailored and individual support it offers, it goes much further in terms of what it can offer people. For example, the curent pandemic has shown the importance of digital inclusion as people have been using the technology to keep in touch with family members. So if you would like to learn how you can use technology to keep in touch then the Living Well Hub can help you.

 

If you would like to talk to someone, or request information on the wide range of ways in which Ashfield Voluntary Action can support you, please complete our simple enquiry form. 

 

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