This original press release was first published on North Bristol Advice Centre website on 08/03/17.
A consortium of community organisations have been awarded £250k of Big Lottery money to deliver a 3 year Community Navigators project combating social isolation among over 50s in North Bristol.
Community Navigators North will provide one-to-one support to isolated older people to help them access social activities, including volunteering, to combat loneliness and promote community resilience. The project is led by North Bristol Advice Centre working in partnership with Southmead Development Trust, Ambition Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth Community Centre and Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF).
“This is a great opportunity for community-based organisations to work together to improve the lives of older people in North Bristol,” said Sally Gapper, CEO of North Bristol Advice Centre. “There are lots of things already going on in the community and this project will help us to work better together, involve more older people and to reach out to the most isolated.”
The contract was awarded by Bristol Aging Better (BAB), a 5 year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund aiming to reduce loneliness and isolation among older people in Bristol. "We are delighted to support a collaboration of community organisations to deliver our Community Navigator service in the north of Bristol. In these challenging times it is fantastic to see partners working together and collaborating to provide increased support for the community", said Adam Rees, BAB Director. “When we were writing the bid to the Big Lottery Fund we spoke to over 2,000 older people, and what came out strongly from those conversations was that there is lots going on in Bristol, but that it is often difficult to find out what is available in your local area.”
Through the project, a team of Community Navigators will be out and about in their local communities supporting older people into local activities, including help to overcome barriers. They will provide home visits, trial new ways of engaging the most isolated and support older people to get involved with the project through volunteering.
The Community Navigators North project covers Bishopston, Ashley Down, Horfield, Lockleaze, Cotham, Redland, Stoke Bishop, Southmead, Westbury-on-Trym, Henleaze, Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Henbury and Brentry.
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