A recent survey by Contact the Elderly showed 1/3 of people had noticed a lonely older person in their community and been concerned, and 40% did not feel confident that they knew how they could help.

Information Evening on Combating Loneliness of the Elderly in local communities, 20 March

SGDEN (South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network) are hosting an Information evening for community members to find out: how to approach this situation, what you can do to help, what schemes exist to help isolated people locally. 

We aim to increase confidence and provide some new skills in approaching situations with potentially lonely people, as well as provide attendees with information about schemes which may be of use to others in the community (as well as potentially to themselves) – for example First Contact and Community Connectors.

Registration starts at 6pm, after which attendees can have some nibbles and a look around stalls of local organisations should they wish. The main event will start at 6.30pm, to end around 8.30pm.

Who is this event for? Members of the community, Businesses, workers, volunteers and who have, or might have, contact with lonely people, but who may not be sure what they can do to help. It is also open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector colleagues. 

Booking is essential via Eventbrite on  bit.ly/lonelySG