“Supporting older people in the Winchester community, seeking to improve quality of life and wellbeing by providing a helping hand.”
St John’s Hand in Hand is a planned wellbeing initiative that seeks to assist older people through befriending and support, pointing people in the right direction in terms of services and social events that they can benefit from and enjoy.
We believe that everybody should lead their life with enjoyment, friendship, fulfillment and choice. Sometimes in later life these things can become a little more difficult to achieve. Our Hand in Hand service is designed to help and is due to launch as a pilot in early 2019.
Our aim is to make a real difference by improving the wellbeing of local residents and providing older people with new social opportunities and helping them to live rich, full lives for as long as possible.
There are three main elements to our proposed scheme:
- Signposting Services – Our dedicated staff and volunteers will identify appropriate services and guide individuals to them. With the help of the community, we have created a database of services, activities and events in the Winchester area to support this. It is our intention to liaise with third parties and other organisations to keep the database up to date for the benefit of local older people.
- Living Well Plans – This involves us chatting with the member using the St John’s Hand in Hand service about what support they may need. This conversation will allow us to gain a clear understanding of how we can help each individual to ensure they are living well.
- Befriending – A key part of the initiative includes offering companionship to the older people using our service, especially in circumstances where help and support is needed. It will involve staff and volunteers spending time with people using the service in ways that will make a positive impact.
Please read our latest press release here for more information.
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