For some, winter can be the most isolating time of the year. This is especially true for many of our older neighbours – short, dark days and icy roads make it difficult to go out, while freezing temperatures create worryingly large bills and increased health risks.
That’s why North London Cares, for the last seven years, have delivered Winter Wellbeing – a pro-active outreach project to help people over 65 stay warm, active, healthy and connected during the winter months. Through door knocking, phone calls and speaking to people at local supermarkets, libraries, GP surgeries and community centres, we aim to ensure older neighbours feel supported and better connected to the community around them.
This year, with contributions from Camden and Islington Public Health, The Big Give, London Catalyst, and scores of individual small donors, we were able to speak with 731 older Londoners and provide further help for over 200 people in six months. We're so grateful for everyone's support and for making this work possible.
As the challenges of winter continue to increase, we believe there is room to carry on delivering and developing the Winter Wellbeing project year-on-year. Some suggestions of future opportunities are detailed in the full report, along with a breakdown of our approach, delivery and impact. We hope that you’ll read and share it, but most of all we hope that it inspires you to explore ways to connect with your older neighbours during winter and throughout the year.
Posted by Roxi Rustem on Friday 13th April 2018
Roxi is North London Care's Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator