If you live in East Leeds, on the right side of York Rd, and are in the relevant age bracket, over 60, you will be able to sign up for the Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme CIO which works with and for older people. The Scheme encourages older people to live independently and to join in activities within their own communities. The Scheme now has over 1,000 members all regularly using the variety of services and support they provide.
Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO helps older people to:
- Reduce loneliness and isolation
- Support independence
- Promote healthy lifestyles
- Try new things
So what goes on?
Reducing Loneliness and Isolation – meet Sandra
Sandra joined the Scheme and then went on to not only use the service but to volunteer as a Walk Leader, Sandra said:
“Five years ago I lost my sister. Prior to this we spent most of our time together and did all sorts of things: from shopping to some fabulous holidays or simply having a cup of tea and chat about everything and everybody.
“After losing her I was very lost and lonely (our families had flown the nest to slightly distant places). An acquaintance suggested I should come to ‘Good Neighbours’. After dithering for a while I decided to go along to see if anything would appeal to me to help fill this loneliness.
“Good Neighbours has come to mean a great deal to me, I attend activities on three days each week which help keep me both physically and mentally active. The staff are welcoming and friendly and the other members are great, some of whom I now consider to be my friends. Bereavement isolates and loneliness is debilitating so I consider myself very fortunate (as do my family on my behalf) to have found Cross Gates Good Neighbours, a group of like-minded people with whom I can smile and have fun and for whose support I am profoundly grateful.”
Some of the Scheme’s members will soon receive a call from Charley, their Development Worker, or one of their volunteers as they are very happy to announce they have received funding from the local Ward councillors via the Outer East Community Committee Wellbeing Fund, to provide a telephone support scheme throughout the colder months
Winter Support Scheme
Members may be contacted to see if any extra support is required, this may be a referral to the Access bus for shopping, assisted bin collection or Green Doctor for the ‘Warmth for Wellbeing’ service to name a few. Members can also request a home visit from one of our staff. The scheme will also be distributing one hundred small food hampers to any of their members that are unable to get out due adverse weather conditions or ill health.
Get in touch
But let’s leave the final word to the volunteers – what does Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO mean to you?
“An oasis in the desert that old age sometimes is.”
“A reason to go on getting out of bed in the morning.”
“A place of new beginnings.”
Here’s to the next 15 years.