Good Neighbours launch breakfast meeting
Come and join the Good Neighbours in Coventry leaders for coffee and breakfast bacon batches on 18/10/16 or 03/11/16 and discuss how your church can get involved in loving your older neighbours! Come and ask questions, chat about volunteering, request funding, and tell us what is needed in your community so that we can work together! We need churches to join together in their areas so that local communities can be supported.
The Good Neighbours in Coventry project is a new and exciting initiative for churches to continue to work collaboratively in a positive way for the benefit of their commmunities. Over the coming weeks and months, the Good Neighbours project will be asking Coventry churches to come together to tackle loneliness and isolation in older people in their local area. The project seeks to build on, and support, existing church groups and activities. Research shows that lonely people have a 64% increased chance of developing clinical dementia, and loneliness is a really high-profile issue which has received lots of press recently. Many other cities have started Good Neighbours schemes, helping older people feel part of their community.
The Good Neighbours project will involve friendship groups; 1 to 1 befriending of isolated older people; and ad hoc support which could be anything from a simple phone call, mowing a lawn or collecting prescriptions to having a cup of tea with someone or giving them a lift to a friendship group. Good Neighbours will bring together Age UK Coventry's understanding of areas where provision for older people is lacking and knowledge of how to set up projects, HOPE Coventry's church networks for volunteers, and Together for Change's funding skills and networks. This is an exciting partnership between the church and other organisations: Coventry City Council is very enthusiastic about its potential. However, the project needs your involvement in order to succeed!
There will be plenty of ways to get involved in the Good Neighbours project, which will be happening all across the city. These include:
- Volunteering to visit people at home, driving, doing small household tasks, coordinating rotas or recruiting volunteers yourself
- Inviting us to give a 5 minute shout-out at your church, to put something in your newsletter or on your social media pages
- Giving details of any groups your church runs for older people for a directory of local activities
- Using funding from Together for Change to set up new friendship groups or improve something within an existing group