Our Rural Wellbeing Service is a 4 year project running from March 2015 to February 2019 funded by the Big Lottery through their Reaching Communities programme.
The project involves visiting rural communities with our mobile Information Bus, which is hired from South Northants Volunteer Bureau and shown below:
On board you will find our Wellbeing Fieldworker, Linda Hook, who can offer advice, information and support on a variety of topics including:
- Health & wellbeing
- Transport issues
- Energy efficiency in the home
- Financial matters including benefits
- Home improvements & security
- Support for carers
And much more! And she can also arrange for those services to be delivered.
The project will also work with villages to set up a network of Good Neighbours: volunteers who will continue the delivery of advice and support to older people within their community and help develop new services where identified. Find out more about how you could become a Good Neighbour by clicking here.
Aims of the Wellbeing service
Loneliness and particularly social isolation are two growing issues facing many older people, especially in rural areas. In fact a study by English Longitudinal Study of Ageing published in March 2013 found that “social isolation is associated with a higher risk of death in older people regardless of whether they consider themselves lonely”. With this project we aim to:
- Help people over 50 living in rural areas of Northamptonshire to have reduced rural and social isolation by becoming more resilient and having better community engagement with other residents
- And to ensure they will report improvements in their physical, mental and financial wellbeing as a result of accessing services and benefits not previously claimed.
We will be working with a wide range of agencies to deliver services to older people in rural communities who may not otherwise access them, whether through lack of knowledge of the availability or inability to access them.