It may seem surprising that in this day and age in the community of Amesbury, many people feel isolated and are sometimes lonely. Loneliness can affect all of us sometimes and at certain times of our lives, but it is usual a fleeting, passing feeling if we are lucky enough to have friends and relatives nearby or we can get out and about to do the things that we enjoy. For some people in Amesbury, this is not always possible. Chronic and long-lasting loneliness and isolation is out there! This can be for a wide variety of reasons. Maybe a loved one has passed away, maybe children have grown up and flown the nest, maybe there is a health issue preventing getting out and about, maybe there is mental health or a learning disability which can limit access to some activities that we all take for granted. Often as people get older and friends and family drift away, loneliness and isolation can follow. The difficulty with being lonely and isolated for long periods of time, is that it can affect other aspects of health and people can begin to deteriorate in general health and wellbeing.
The good news is that there are many, many groups and activities out there in Amesbury and the surrounding area that will welcome you with open arms if you are feeling lonely. Some of these projects are looking for volunteers. Volunteer roles include driving, taking people out and about, offering your house up for a group to attend for Sunday lunch, or supporting people to become more confident and independent. Volunteers are wanted for people who have dementia, a disability and also for older people. Training, support and expenses are available for all of these roles from a range of well-respected organisations such as the Link car scheme, Alzheimer’s Society and Contact the Elderly.
Please get in touch with me if you are interested in volunteering in the community and I will put you in touch with a local group who will support you in this role.
Jacqui Abbott Community Engagement Manager for Amesbury 07771 844 530 firstname.lastname@example.org