Welsh Government Small Grants Scheme – Loneliness and Social Isolation Strategy
Posted on 24 Jan 2020
Book of You are pleased to announce we will be working with the Royal British Legion in Wrexham between now and March as part of a project to help reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Following the recent information gathering session held by the Welsh Government on 5th December regarding loneliness and social isolation, they announced details of a small grants scheme that was made available for bids from organisations such as ourselves undertaking activity in this area. This money has been made available by the Health and Social Services department in Welsh Government to support work around the new Loneliness and Social Isolation strategy.
Book of You and the Royal British Legion in Wrexham will run group sessions for six weeks where we will support older veterans, as well as spouses and carers where appropriate, in creating personal life story books. We will help participants use online services too such as email, Skype and social media. This will help them become more connected to their family and friends, increase social contacts, independence, confidence and self-esteem.
Book of You will:
• Recruit participants, including liaising with staff and members of the Royal British
Legion in Wrexham,
• Run 6 weekly 1.5 hour sessions by creating a personal Book of You for each client,
• Offer direct one to one support throughout the project during and between sessions
• Evaluate impact through social value questionnaires to measure the impact of the project
on loneliness and isolation.
• Royal British Legion have offered us the use of their drop in centre free of charge for
this project and we will supply refreshments, tablet computers to work on each week if
clients don’t have their own.
The sessions will start in February and run for 6 weeks supporting around 20 people and the project will be supported by our experienced Associate Staff and Volunteers. We will also recruit new Volunteers for this specific project, ensuring that all veterans who want to take part have the full support they need and groups can potentially continue beyond the funded period.
If you would be interested in finding out more, or in becoming a Volunteer for this project, please get in touch with us here at Book of You by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01492 555381.
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