“I have felt that the Loneliness Prevention Project has had a very positive impact on my overall wellbeing, and lifted my mood.”
Those are the words of Muriel Ingham, 103, who feels that her life has changed for the better through the Foundation’s Loneliness Prevention Project.
The Loneliness Prevention Project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, is a free 12-week programme which works collaboratively with local partners, and offers a variety of holistic person-centred support, including one-to-one, group, and other activities.
The Foundation first met Muriel when she was referred to the Loneliness Prevention Project by the Lytham Primary Care Network’s Social Prescribing team.
After several years of not being able to get out much due to being housebound, as well as experiencing visual and hearing impairments, bereavement, having no family close because they have moved abroad, and with little interaction with local community groups, Muriel turned to her GP for more support.
This project aims to empower those experiencing loneliness and isolation. It provides individuals with the tools, knowledge and confidence to improve their health and wellbeing, whilst helping to increase their connections in the community.
And Muriel believes that the project has had a very positive impact on her life.
Muriel said: “I have felt although the Loneliness Prevention Project has had a very positive impact on my overall wellbeing, and lifted my mood when I feel depressed. I have got on really well with Charlotte, and I enjoyed the company, and weekly support I got from her, as well as attending the activity group Charlotte runs, and chatting with everyone at them.
“I see Charlotte as a friend rather than a Project Coordinator, and feel the service AFC Fylde Community Foundation provide to those 65+ who are lonely is excellent.”
Charlotte Rawcliffe, Loneliness Prevention Project Coordinator at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, added: “ Over the last 12 weeks Muriel has really engaged with myself, and services in the community. I am very proud of Muriel, and being the age of 103 feel she is a true inspiration to everyone that it’s never too late to make a difference to your overall wellbeing, and happiness.
If you or someone you know would benefit from the Foundation’s Loneliness Prevention Project, please email Charlotte.Rawcliffe@afcfylde.co.uk!
To find out more about the Loneliness Prevention Project, please CLICK HERE