Staffordshire County Council
Keeping in Touch – Avoiding Social Isolation in Staffordshire
If you’re feeling lonely or isolated, then we’re here to help. We can help you to get out and about to see your friends, family and meet new people on a regular basis.
Maintaining an active social life will help make you happier and improve your physical wellbeing as well. Studies indicate that loneliness can cause depression, high blood pressure and anxiety. In fact, some studies suggest that loneliness can be as bad for you as smoking around 15 cigarettes a day.
So how can we help?
Services are available for people aged 50 years and over who meet a certain criteria and live in one of the 52 identified wards. Our highly-trained team will identify if you are at risk of becoming lonely or isolated and set in motion a four step programme to help you avoid loneliness. You’ll be allocated your own staff member who will organise home visits or regular telephone appointments with you and help make you aware of access services to help you get out and about, all the while maintaining your independence.
We can also help you make use of technology to stop you. We’ll be giving out five iPads initially as part of the scheme and we will be teaching recipients how to use them to stay in touch with one another, as well as loved ones.
You’ll also be put in touch with local community groups and shown how to get in touch with the Silver Line telephone helpline should you need it.
We’re not just in it for the short term, either. After the initial 12 week period of support, we’ll provide you with a unique plan to help keep you out and about and enjoying life. We will then stay in touch on a monthly basis for three months, making sure you’re sticking to the plan. After that we’ll give you a call at nine and 12 months to see how you are doing.
Isolation and loneliness is a serious issue in Staffordshire, especially among older people, so if you feel this could be affecting you, or know someone who is affected by it, please do get in touch with us by ringing us on 0333 005 0095 or by email at [email protected]
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