Esther Rantzen was recently speaking about the effects of social isolation. Esther set up the ‘Silver Line’ helpline and was saying that they’d had over 100,000 calls to the line. The increasing numbers of older people living alone has been highlighted in several recent reports Britain is too busy to speak to older people and it’s a problem in Leeds just as much as anywhere.
In this video blog we get a glimpse into what one of the Neighbourhood Networks is doing to try and help support older people in the Burley area of Leeds. The video shows the lunch club in action and then we talk to the organiser, Catherine Skivington. She tells us about the lunch club and also about their befriending scheme.
Link to the video (4mins)
The OWLS lunch club is at All Hallows Church in Burley. It is run as part of Bramley Elderly Action. Bramley Elderly Action is one of the Neighbourhood Networks in Leeds. There are similar schemes running in many parts of Leeds, often as part of one of the Neighbourhood Networks. If you know someone who might benefit then please contact us at the address below.
Contacts for OWLS: Via the website: OWLS – Older, Wiser, Local Seniors
Or telephone OWLS on 0113 369 7077
Leeds Older Peoples Forum (LOPF) has a listing of all the Neighbourhood Networks in Leeds.