Caritas Saint Joseph’s – tackling isolation and loneliness

Most of us have been feeling isolated and lonely at some point throughout the pandemic especially the elderly. The past 18 months have been difficult for those who have had no access to technology or an understanding of this. The majority of the older people have been socially isolated as well as digitally isolated. This has had a significant impact on their wellbeing.

As normality is resuming, our aim at Caritas Saint Joseph’s is to engage the elderly in a variety of activities and social events to tackle isolation and loneliness that so many of have been experiencing. We have been organising activities such as, beauty therapy, digital inclusion, bowling, sewing, walking, day trips, luncheon club, gardening, knitting, coffee mornings, exercises and more. These take place every Tuesday from 11am -1pm.

The activities are part of the More Clubs Ageing Well Service which promotes and sustains older people’s skills and expertise through the collaborative provision of stimulating activities. The More Club operated by Saint Joseph’s in partnership with Age UK, Groundwork and White Moss Community Centre is for everyone over the age of 50 living in Harperhuy, Charlestown and Higher Blackley who wants to get out more, do more and meet more people.

It focusses on the skills, abilities and interests that members still have rather than those they’ve lost. They learn new things, share talents and interests with others and offer approachable support and companionship to help them overcome isolation.

For more information, please contact Samia:s.farid@caritassalford.org ¦ Telephone: 0161 850 1645 Or 07960 151283