Connecting Communities 2019 - Tackling loneliness through volunteering: a community response

Connecting Communities 2019 - Tackling loneliness through volunteering: a community response - 20/06/2019 9:30am

Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Venue: St Ives Corn Exchange PE27 5AD

Join us to CareDare and Share as we create a community response to tackling loneliness and isolation in our communities through volunteering.

Loneliness is a growing problem in our society, and it’s increasingly recognised as being closely linked to physical and mental health issues. The government is starting to take this matter seriously, but the voluntary sector can play a key role too. We often have better local knowledge than statutory agencies; we know our communities because we are a part of them.

People who are trapped in unwanted social isolation might be seen by community organisations as a complex challenge and a big drain on the organisation’s resources, particularly where health issues are involved. Our conference aims to turn this around. Lonely people’s health issues are often the result of social isolation rather than the cause. Think of them as volunteers rather than beneficiaries, and everyone can benefit. Rather than being a drain on resources, they can become assets.

By playing an active role in reaching out to the lonely, we can increase our ability to deliver the services we exist for. But first we have to:

CARE to make a difference and help tackle loneliness;
DARE to reach out and welcome;
SHARE the positives, share the benefits and share best practice.

To find out more, please join us at the Connecting Communities conference at the Corn Exchange, St Ives on Thursday 20th June.

Through a series of workshops and speakers we will:

  • Discover how to identify and reach out to volunteers who are lonely and isolated
  • Learn how to engage and retain these volunteers
  • Help remove the stigma and prejudice towards unwanted isolation
  • Experience some of the innovative ideas others have developed
  • Realise the difference we can make together

Join us to Care, Dare, Share.  For more details see Support Cambridgeshire Events

This event is FREE to attend for any community group that works or operates in Cambridgeshire. 

By registering for this course you agree to abide by the Support Cambridgeshire Cancellation Policy

For enquiries contact russell@huntsforum.org.uk or call 01480 420603 to book your place.

Connecting Communities 2019 is delivered by Support Cambridgeshire and funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

 

 

 

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