Supporting older people in Berkeley & Sharpness
Funding has just been awarded from Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Community Chest Fund’ to extend and develop a successful local project supporting older people living in the Berkeley and Sharpness area.
The ‘Full of Life’ project is focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of older people, helping them to feel more connected, confident and cared for in their community. It aims to combat issues of loneliness and isolation, whilst helping people to feel healthier and more independent. The project is being co-ordinated by World Jungle who for the past two years has been running a similar programme in Cam and Dursley.
A community launch event will take place on Thursday 5th May from 11am-2pm at The Berkeley Arms in Canonbury Street. This free ‘drop-in’ event is open to everyone and will include a range of activity taster sessions for people to try, sandwiches, tea & coffee, some musical entertainment too, together with the opportunity for local residents to find out more about the services, support organisations and groups available to them to access.
(Picture above taken at World Jungle’s previous ‘Full of Life’ community event in Dursley)
Over the coming months, the project will run regular activity sessions at venues in both Berkeley and Sharpness. These friendly, ‘drop-in’ style groups will look to promote physical and mental health, nutrition, community connection, digital inclusion together with ensuring a greater awareness of other services and activities available.
Sessions have so far been arranged at Hamfallow Sheltered Housing Unit in Sharpness once a month starting from Thursday 14 April 10am – 12 noon and in Berkeley once a month at the Community Library starting from Wednesday 27 April 10.30am – 12.30.
Taking place over three weeks in June, free training will also be offered to volunteers around how to support older people maintain their independence in later life and stay active in their community.
The project will also look at strengthening a network of support organisations and groups to enable the early identification of the most vulnerable members of the community. Additionally, a local directory of services will be developed to help pull information together, promote local groups and help make accessing information and signposting people to services and activities much easier.
‘Full of Life’ Project Manager, Fiona Campbell from World Jungle explains:
“We are delighted to be able to extend this project to support people living in the Berkeley and Sharpness area. ‘Full of Life’ is an exciting programme encompassing many different aspects of work, but at the heart of everything is the aim of supporting older people in our community, improving health & wellbeing and encouraging independence and confidence. We are working both to support people living in the towns, and also the groups and organisations that already exist; building stronger and healthier communities together.”
For more information, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 01453 548880 (Wed & Thurs only), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the World Jungle website: www.worldjungle.org.uk .