Community Navigators to connect older people

Older people in Knowle West will get a boost to their wellbeing through a new service helping them connect more with their community.

Community Navigators Bristol was launched at the Celebrating Age Festival on 23 September and offers free signposting and support to older people who want to feel less isolated and more involved in their local area.

Trained ‘navigators’ make contact with older people and share information about what’s happening where they live.

They can also accompany them to groups or activities when they try something for the first time – and support the older person if they have worries over safety, transport or money by connecting them with community and health services.

The service is free and provides short-term support for over 50s – available in their home or via phone appointments.

Simone Davis, one of the service’s Community Navigators, said: “I’ve seen first-hand the devastating toll loneliness can have on older people, both physically and mentally. But I’m looking forward to being part of a new service that will find and support people at an earlier stage.

“I’ll be able to take time to find out what really matters to the people I’m working with. We’ll work together to find ways to make it easier for them to get out and build their own networks of support.”

South Bristol residents can contact Gemma on 0330 838 2588 or email gemma.holden1@nhs.net   Visit www.communitynavigators.org.uk

 

Social Prescribing for Equalities and Resiliance (SPEAR) started in July run by Knowle West Healthy Living Centre and also connects people to local groups and activities.

This targets people of any age who might be feeling isolated – working with residents and local projects as well as GPs and health professionals.

People wanting to use the service or local groups with places to fill should call Sally or Laura on 0117 377 2255.