We are expanding our Hand in Hand community-based wellbeing, signposting and befriending service so that anyone in the local community can now refer friends, neighbours or even customers into the service. We’re calling on members of the local community who socialise with, support or work with local older people to act as a St John’s Hand in Hand Community Connector.
Community Connectors are people who link others in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life. This can include wellbeing and health services, local community groups and organisations, social groups and activities that can have a positive impact on their life. Linking people in this way helps create connections that can provide a safety net of social support to help people feel better about their wellbeing and where they live.
Being a St John’s Hand in Hand Community Connector simply means that you would be proactive and help spread the word about our valuable work with local older people. You may be a local retailer, a taxi driver, pharmacist, podiatrist or hairdresser. It’s easy to become a Community Connector and make a difference – there’s no cost, no contract and no obligation, you just have to think about how we might be able to help improve the life of someone you know.
Local older people can also refer themselves into the service, which is open to anyone aged 55 and over in the Winchester community and surrounding areas. The Hand in Hand service is free, and all about helping older people to live their lives their way.
To learn more about becoming a St John’s Hand in Hand Community Connector please call 01962 827795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to make a referral, we would love to hear from you. See our press release here.