For immediate release: 8th March 2017
Community Navigators to combat social isolation in North Bristol
A consortium of community organisations have been awarded £250k of Big Lottery money to deliver a 3 year Community Navigators project combating social isolation among over 50s in North Bristol.
Community Navigators North will provide one-to-one support to isolated older people to help them access social activities, including volunteering, to combat loneliness and promote community resilience. The project is led by North Bristol Advice Centre working in partnership with Southmead Development Trust, Ambition Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth Community Centre and Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF).
“This is a great opportunity for community-based organisations to work together to improve the lives of older people in North Bristol,” said Sally Gapper, CEO of North Bristol Advice Centre. “There are lots of things already going on in the community and this project will help us to work better together, involve more older people and to reach out to the most isolated.”
The contract was awarded by Bristol Aging Better (BAB), a 5 year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund aiming to reduce loneliness and isolation among older people in Bristol. "We are delighted to support a collaboration of community organisations to deliver our Community Navigator service in the north of Bristol. In these challenging times it is fantastic to see partners working together and collaborating to provide increased support for the community", said Adam Rees, BAB Director. “When we were writing the bid to the Big Lottery Fund we spoke to over 2,000 older people, and what came out strongly from those conversations was that there is lots going on in Bristol, but that it is often difficult to find out what is available in your local area.”
Through the project, a team of Community Navigators will be out and about in their local communities supporting older people into local activities, including help to overcome barriers. They will provide home visits, trial new ways of engaging the most isolated and support older people to get involved with the project through volunteering.
The Community Navigators North project covers Bishopston, Ashley Down, Horfield, Lockleaze, Cotham, Redland, Stoke Bishop, Southmead, Westbury-on-Trym, Henleaze, Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Henbury and Brentry.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
North Bristol Advice Centre
0117 951 5751 or 07887 397 021
North Bristol Advice Centre (NBAC) is neighbourhood advice centre based in Lockleaze, North Bristol. Founded in 1984, it provides free and independent advice and support in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire including welfare benefits advice, debt advice, money mentoring, training courses and advice and activities for older people. NBAC runs weekly advice drop-ins in Lockleaze, Southmead, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton, Patchway, Kingswood and Avonmouth and provides advice online and by telephone. To find out more visit www.northbristoladvice.org.uk
Southmead Development Trust works to improve health and wellbeing in the Southmead Ward of North Bristol, running community venues and projects such as the Greenway Centre, Southmead Youth Centre and the Social Prescribing Project.
Ambition Lawrence Weston are resident-led and driven development trust for the Lawrence Weston area. They facilitate, support and manage groups and projects including the Lawrence Weston Network, “On Your Doorstep” community newsletter, the Older Peoples’ Grant pot and older peoples’ community groups. http://www.ambitionlw.org
Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. BAB is funded by the Big Lottery Fund to develop and deliver a programme that identifies the best ways of reducing the isolation and loneliness of older people in the city. The BAB partnership is led by Age UK Bristol.