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Lesta Fights Loneliness & Isolation amongst older people General Support Volunteers, LE1 5SN

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We want to combat loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly members of our community in Leicester.Together we can work towards this.

When we need you:

26 Jan - 02 Mar 2012

  • Flexible

You will be required to assist other volunteers with their tasks when you are available.

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Leicester, LE1 5SN

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    Loneliness and Isolation

    • Affects 1 in 10 older people in the UK
    • 12% of older people feel trapped in their own home
    • 36% of people aged 65 and over in the UK feel out of touch with the pace of modern life
    • 9% feel cut off from society
    • Over 40% of older people don`t know where to turn to for help
    • More than half of people over the age of 75 are living alone
    • 1 in 10older people suffer from intense loneliness
    • Loneliness in the 'hidden killer' of elderly people

    These are just a few facts on loneliness amongst the elderly in our society. Together we can lower these stats!

    I am looking for a core teamof up to 10 young people that would like to work alongside me as I go on a journey in our community to find the causes of this 'hidden killer' and look for sustainable solutions.

    The tasks will include:

    TALK:

    • Identifying and creating a relationship with an organisation already working with older people in Leicester
    • Organising a focus group with 10 older people
    • Preparing and leading a workshop on loneliness and isolation
    • Consult older people on a social event they might be interested in taking part

    SOCIALISE:

    • Organise a social event for older people
    • Get a minimum of 15 older people engaged in event
    • Interview 2 older people
    • Interview a representative from a chosen organisation
    • Collect video/photographic evidence and upload onto Flickr

    CONNECT:

    • Raise awareness of loneliness and isolation amongst at least 50 people
    • Document profiles of older people`s experiences
    • Highlight the impacts of loneliness and isolation and give 5 recommendations of how people can help combat it
    • Signpost members of the community to organisations that support older people

    We will be meeting regularly and I will reimburse all expenses agreed.

    If you are interested in becoming part of this campaign or would like to support us please get in touch on belinda.fumai@vinspired.com. Look forward to hearing from you :)

     

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