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Loneliness Prevention Project - Kathleen's story

For local resident Kathleen, AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s Loneliness Prevention Project has been beneficial to her overall mental wellbeing.

Kathleen self-referred herself to the Foundation’s project and was introduced to our Loneliness Prevention Project Coordinator, Charlotte Rawcliffe.

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 to individuals aged 65+ across the Fylde Borough.

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.

Kathleen said: “I saw the Loneliness Prevention Project advertised within the Local List, and got in contact with Charlotte to self-refer. I found the service brilliant, and looked forward to the weekly visits. I found Charlotte coming to my house, and speaking to me in person about my needs, very beneficial, rather than talking to someone on the phone where it’s harder to communicate.

“The visits lifted me, and I was able to develop a friendship with Charlotte. I was connected with a service provided from my local library, which consisted of regular book deliveries to my home which I was interested in, alongside the AGE UK befriending service.

“Because of the Loneliness Prevention Project, I now speak to and see people more regularly, and feel my overall wellbeing has increased. I recommend anyone to refer their friends and family to the service.”

Charlotte Rawcliffe, Loneliness Prevention Project Coordinator at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, added: "Through the 12-week programme, she has been able to meet new people, and access beneficial services.

“I am pleased to see the progress made by Kathleen since I met her, and that the project has impacted her mental health in such a positive way.

“As a Foundation, we are pleased to support older residents in our community through the Loneliness Prevention Project, which has helped so many.”

If you or someone you know would benefit from the Foundation’s Loneliness Prevention Project, please email!

To find out more about the Loneliness Prevention Project, please CLICK HERE

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