This was a three year project funded by Dunhill Medical Trust to address two connected issues affecting older people in Gloucester: ill health and social isolation, whereby older people seek health advice and support, masking the underlying need relating to their isolation and overall wellbeing.
The project set out to utilise time banking and related social activities to help older people in Gloucester to build their social networks, and to improve their community participation, reduce isolation and improve overall wellbeing.
The Project was integrated across all Fair Shares activities where ever older people wanted to get involved . Whilst this was small scale study the Project Evaluation confirmed that social contact and meaningful engagement had a positive impact on people’s well being and mental health
If you’d like to read the evaluation in full, you can find the PDF below.