One 66-year-old woman is seeing the results first-hand after being referred to the service in north Bristol by her GP. She said: “Community Navigators is an absolutely amazing service. I was living alone after my husband passed away, and I was feeling very isolated, low and depressed. I didn’t go out at all. But when my Community Navigator made contact I felt like I could talk to her without being judged… It was a relief to have someone to hold my hand while I took baby steps. It made it easier for me to try things on my own.”
In conjunction with The Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week which takes place between June 18 and June 22 – the service is calling for more people to volunteer in order to give isolated older people the aid that they need. All volunteers will be given friendly support and training to help them make a success of their role, and the hours are flexible.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer yourself, or if you would like to make a referral to the service, contact:
- Central, East or South Bristol: Gemma on 0117 440 9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- North Bristol: Laura on 0117 9515751 or email@example.com
For more information, visit www.communitynavigators.org.uk