Connect with the Age Friendly Nottinghamshire project
Age Friendly Nottinghamshire (AFN) is taking a different approach to similar projects aimed at increasing social activity and reducing loneliness and isolation. Where others have taken the route of designing and delivering a service to individuals, AFN is focusing on supporting and empowering individuals to come together to organise local activities, events and solutions.
Their work in the two pilot areas of Beeston and Ladybrook, Mansfield has been building community action and supporting residents to establish their own projects to improve their neighbourhoods.
One example of this is the new Good Vibes, Good Neighbours scheme recently set up in Beeston by a local woman Gina. The number of older people living alone in Nottinghamshire – 53,000 in 2011 – is expected to rise to 74,000 by 2025. That’s an increase of 40 percent. The Good Vibes Good Neighbours group is on a crusade to reduce isolation and offer a local network of informal support for older residents. Read more about Gina’s story here.
If you know someone living in or around the AFN pilot areas who would benefit from some local support to feel more connected to social opportunities please discuss the AFN project with them and pass on their details to the AFN Team; Tel: 0115 977 20 41, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents will be contacted and asked about their loves, concerns and interests. They will then be supported in achieving their aims, which may involve linking with an existing group, helping to set up a new group or arranging home visits by local Good Neighbours. A Good Neighbour may also help with other activities such as shopping, household tasks and Technical support.