Living Later Life Well is a project delivered through Trinity Methodist Church in Barton upon Humber, aimed at reducing social isolation in older residents of the town and the surrounding villages. The aim is to develop a vibrant and inclusive programme of activities, providing physical, mental and spiritual enrichment.
The project was the initiative of the previous Superintendent Minister who managed to draw in grant funding from Awards for All, The Joseph Rank Trust and Methodist Connexion Mission and Ministry. The funding pays for the employment of Jo Marwood, Community Outreach Worker. Jo and a team of volunteers from both church and community work alongside existing services in the area to identify and support older people who feel disconnected from their communities, and who would like to take part in activities and meet other people. Activities so far, which have restarted since the pandemic, include a table tennis club, a pensioners' lunch, Christmas wreath making and an outing to Brigg Garden Centre.
Loneliness is seen by many as one of the largest health concerns that we face – it affects people of all ages, but is particularly prevalent in older people. The Living Later Life Well project exists to reduce barriers to participation, and support our vulnerable older community to reconnect with each other and enrich their lives.
This project is all about connecting with the community using the premises and people at Barton Methodist Church as the base. The employment of the Community Outreach Worker provides the capacity to deliver a project which the members on their own would have struggled to do.
Church member Ros said: "As a church we come together to care and meet the needs of God's people...our neighbours and our community. Spirituality of the community promotes mutual support, empowerment, teaching and learning. Through the Living Later Life project, we are able to effectively demonstrate love in action. It gives us the opportunity to extend a hand to people in our community, and show love and compassion in how we support them to live well."
For more details about this project please contact Jo Marwood, 07821 900623.
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