4 December 2014

Reducing loneliness in Westminster

Betty Macpherson

Our team work all over work all over the Borough of Westminster to link people over 50 who find it hard to get out of their homes for a variety of reasons, with local activities, companionship and social events or groups. Getting people out and about for only a few hours each week or spending social time with an older person who otherwise feels isolated can make a huge difference to their health, wellbeing and independence.

The service recently worked with Betty:

“I used to like music and singing and since I’ve met [Octavia outreach worker] Haydar, he has arranged for me to come to the singing group every week on a Friday. I am also going to go to a Christmas party and I am taking a coach trip to Bath Christmas Festival which he has arranged for me. He comes to pick me up and sees I get home ok and has helped me to register with Westway Community Transport service to attend all my appointments and activities. It’s really nice to meet some new faces. I wish I had done it before.”

Our outreach service can also assist residents to access community transport, GP’s and other health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and obtaining housing and benefit advice. Our team works closely with the Octavia Foundation’s befriending service and the local activity hubs run by Open Age and by Notting Hill at Penfold Street. If you are interested in the service please contact 0207 289 0176