Preventing Social Isolation & Loneliness in South Leeds

MHA Live at Home’s Community Support Project helps reduce loneliness among vulnerable older people in North West Leeds. We are now delighted to extend our service to South Leeds.

MHA Live at Home’s ‘Community Support Project’ has been working hard over the past year to help reduce social isolation and loneliness among vulnerable older people in North West Leeds. 

As a new and unique project, our aim is to enhance the services of our Live at Home schemes in Horsforth, Farsley and Pudsey by providing caring and committed Volunteer Befrienders to support an older person who has experienced a prolonged hospital stay, illness or life changing event such as a bereavement, which has resulted in their social and community networks breaking down. 

The carefully matched Volunteers visit weekly with a view to helping their Befriendee to regain the confidence and mobility to start going out and accessing services and facilities in their local community, for example by joining a Live at Home scheme.  Becoming a Live at Home member will then open up a broad range of activities, trips, events, support and social connections for them.

We are now delighted that following the initial success in North West Leeds, we are extending this service south of the city and will be working closely with our South Leeds Live at Home Scheme to offer support to older people in the Beeston, Hunslet and Cottingley areas.
 
Would you like to be part of our fantastic Community Support Volunteer team?
 
If you can spare 1-2 hours each week to help support an isolated older person in South Leeds with a befriending visit, WE NEED YOU!
 
Come and talk to us at our next Volunteer Information Drop-In coming to South Leeds this month.
 
When:    Wednesday 25 September, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where:   Dewsbury Road Library, 190 Dewsbury Road Leeds LS11 6PF
 
We welcome adults of all ages as Befrienders, but we are particularly keen to meet you if you are over 50.  We are also hoping to hear from more men to support our male Befriendees.
 
Volunteering is good for you!   
 
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