Out and About… doing something about loneliness

Statistics show that many of us, whatever our age, often feel isolated or disconnected from people around us.

Loneliness has a huge impact on older people’s happiness and physical health. A survey in Kirklees showed that more that one in five of our older people say they feel lonely “some or most of the time”

Could we change that statistic together?

We believe the key to combating loneliness is to provide practical and friendly support that will help people to connect with the activites, people and places that can make them feel good.

Can you give some time to help deliver the right information and support to get those at risk of loneliness out and about?

If that’s a yes or you’d like to find out more please come along to one of our information days.

Information day 1:

Thursday 12th February at 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Huddersfield Library Committee Room
Princess Alexandra Walk,

Huddersfield
HD1 2SU

Information day 2:

Thursday 19th February at 1pm – 3pm
Holme Valley Memorial Hospital Conservatory
Huddersfield
HD9 3TS

Information day 3:

Tuesday 24th February at 10am – 12pm
Dewsbury Library
Railway Street
Dewsbury
WF12 8EQ

If you’re interested please email us at angie@vkirklees.org.uk or give us a call on 01484 519053. If you can’t make an information session we’d still like to hear from you.

Read more about the problem of loneliness and the ideas behing the Out and About project on the Cities of Service website.  www.iminkirklees.org.uk/outandabout/

Cities of Service is a way to bring people together to find solutions and help out. We don’t have fixed ideas, we want to build on strengths and find the best ways to make people power work.  www.iminkirklees.org.uk @iminkirklees

Do-it.org relaunch helps to inspire volunteers

The Do-it.org website has been redesigned and relaunched.

Do-it is the national database for volunteering, helping individuals to find good things to do and it can be a useful route for organisations and groups to find the volunteers they need.

Volunteering Kirklees uses Do-it to publicise local volunteer opportunities. And local organisations can now sign up, create an account and use it directly.

We’re really excited by the new site as it’s easy to use and is designed to tie in well with social media. This will make it easier for everyone to share stories about volunteering such as why they do it, what they’ve achieved and how to join in.

The website is at www.do-it.org

Do get in touch if you have any questions about how best to use Do-it and remember it’s just one way to publicise your volunteering opportunities. We can help with our local noticeboard, text service and more.