Liverpool Cares have shared an update on their activities and programmes so that our community partners and HOP members can join in with activities or refer people into their activities.
They’ve got a full programme of activities, and they’re continuing to connect younger and older neighbours for conversation, company and companionship during lockdown. Please see their update below:
Online Referral Form for over 65’s
Just a quick reminder that you can refer older neighbours to any of our programmes! You can refer yourself or another in just a few minutes, by going to the link below and filling out the form.
When making a referral please give us as much information as you can- this really helps our team to know what programmes are the right fit when we give older neighbours a call.
We are also providing support to older neighbours to help get them set up on Zoom, so that they can join in with our Virtual Social Clubs. If you know someone who would like some support getting set up then please tick the ‘technology support’ option on our referral page- we’ll do the rest!
#AloneTogether: Daily Creative Activities July
Through July we’re encouraging everybody to get involved with our ‘daily creative distractions’, which you can find attached! Each day Liverpool Cares has been sharing #AloneTogether activities online via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We encourage you to share your own efforts using the hashtag #AloneTogether. July’s #AloneTogether: Daily Creative Activities can be found at: https://bit.ly/AloneTogetherActivityPackJuly
July Digital Social Clubs
As the suspension of our face-to-face programmes continues we will be continuing to run our Virtual Social Clubs programme- where younger and older neighbours can come together on screen or over the telephone to take part in a fun and enjoyable activity.
This month we are delighted to be partnering up with younger and older neighbours from our sister charities Manchester, North, South and East London at our Virtual Social Clubs! At each of the clubs, communities of older and younger neighbours will be coming together to spend time, share stories and laughter and take part in a shared activity.
Liverpool Cares are running 12 Virtual Social Clubs in July so there’s plenty to choose from, including a gentle dance exercise Biodanza class, a Movies, Music and Memories session that incorporates clips of old films, songs from times gone by and the sharing of memories. We’ve also got a Singalong led by a younger neighbour and a Desert Island Discs club that brings musical inspiration from both Liverpool and Manchester.
Click here to view the full list of social clubs in detail.
Phone a Friend
Throughout July, we will be continuing our work to match older and younger neighbours through the Phone a Friend friendship matching programme. Similar to our Love Your Neighbour programme, we hope to make mutually beneficial one-to-one matches based on shared interests. To refer older neighbours to this programme, please tick the ‘telephone support’ option the online referral form and we’ll chat to the older neighbour about whether they’d like to get involved.
We’re also looking for new volunteers to join us on Phone a Friend! If you, or someone you know, would like to support an older neighbour by providing some company, companionship and conversation every week then we’d love to hear from you. All you need to do is register your interest via this form: https://liverpoolcares.org.uk/get-involved, and one of the team will get in touch.
Winter Wellbeing: Report & Consultation
Our second Winter Wellbeing report is now available to read. The report details how our proactive Outreach has supported older neighbours to stay warm, active and connected during the winter months. Go to: https://liverpoolcares.org.uk/blog/winter-wellbeing-2019-20-the-final-report
During October 2019 – March 2020 we spoke to 527 people aged over 65, leading to 616 direct interventions. Over this six-month period we knocked on 237 doors, referred many older neighbours to other referral pathways and signed up 147 older neighbours to our Social Clubs. But statistics aren’t the whole picture and the report also includes some in-depth case studies about the people we spoke to and helped, along with recommendations for the future.