The South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living has launched a new service called Silver Lining that is specifically designed to reduce the impact of loneliness and social isolation for people across the borough.
The service aims to provide support to anyone feeling isolated or lonely and who has a long-term health condition, and is is split into two parts – Coach and Connect – with volunteers spanning both areas.
Commenting on Silver Lining, Bridget Gill, Operations Manager at the South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living (SYCIL) said: “Being faced with a long-term health condition or disability can be isolating and confusing. Many individuals feel alone and unable to reach out and this can cause a steady decline in physical and mental health and wellbeing – according to the 2011 census there are 16,179 aged 65+ living alone in Doncaster.
“This is why we have launched Silver Lining and I’m delighted to say we have already recruited six volunteers with nine more in the pipeline to support the full-time employees we have who will be delivering the service.
“We could not have found these volunteers without Doncaster CVS; the majority of whom were recruited through their volunteer workshop and website.”
She added: “Coach will see the volunteers provide life coaching to adults in Doncaster and Connect will facilitate the use of social media to broaden this even further. The ultimate objective is to help this group of people get out and about more, meet new people and through this, maintain good health or improve poor health.”
Janet Gillott, Social Enterprise Development Team Manager at Doncaster CVS, added: “We’re really pleased that Doncaster CVS has been able to help the Silver Lining project. It’s always lovely to hear about and meet people we have helped take up volunteering. CVS already supports many organisations in the borough to recruit volunteers and we would welcome enquiries from any new organisations who need this support.”