We focus our resources upon those most vulnerable within our community. This includes supporting people with mental health challenges, particularly those who have been bereaved, those with learning disability, the isolated elderly, individuals experiencing crisis, recovering addicts, new parents and, in partnerships, with refugees, cancer sufferers, those struggling with debt.
The befriending project is focussed upon supporting those in South Lancaster who have been particularly isolated by the pandemic. Before the pandemic our community was struggling with the issues of loneliness and isolation and was highlighted by the local health professionals as being an area which required additional resource to tackle poor mental health. Our charity was in the process of gearing up for this challenge when the pandemic struck, giving extra challenges and increasing the need.
As restrictions lift we are working with local people to re-build better, aiming to ensure that residents have greater resilience and work together to create a stronger base for community building.
The befriending project will support local people to support local people, creating a ripple which grows and strengthens. A simple idea of a single weekly phone call which will create new friendships and smiles.