SOCIAL ISOLATION AFFECTS THE OLDER PERSON

Don't be alone,our Association is here to help you. Contact Mike or David 01625 861038

     Don't be alone, our Association is here to help you

       Contact Mike or David on 01625 861038

 

SOCIAL ISOLATION AFFECTS THE OLDER PERSON

 

Recent reports have shown that social isolation and loneliness is the "hidden killer" in older persons. One in six people in England over the age of 50 plays little part in cultural or civic life and has abandoned socially orientated hobbies. Social isolation was also found to be greater in rural areas. The effects of this isolation leads to increased death rates and other conditions such as depression.

As an Association we aim to prevent this by offering plenty of opportunities for the local community to get together for a wide range of activities. For instance our Gentle Exercise Class in conjunction with Age UK Cheshire East is specially geared towards the over 50's (and leotards need not be worn!) We have regular outings to a variety of places, afternoon teas, quiz and bingo nights and exercise classes to name a few of the activities we hold. We try to get involved with the local community too and have undertaken projects alongside Chelford C of E School. Our activities and contribution have been praised by Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, Chelford Parish Council, Good Neighbour Awards and our local doctors.

All it needs is for YOU to take part!

If you've not joined us before please come along!

 

STOP PRESS : We are developing a Community Garden Club. Our first stage is to secure funding for a large greenhouse to grow plants, we'll then be looking to involve the whole community. Our aim is to provide another activity for the community and to make Chelford an even more attractive place to live. You should start to see results in new plantings and flowers around!

 

OUR AIMS FOR THE GARDEN PROJECT

Ÿ  Improving the appearance of the area for PPHT tenants & residents of Chelford : Physical improvement.

Ÿ  Provide a community activity to engage local tenants and residents and encourage social inclusion and interaction, friendship & strengthening of the local community including socialising away from the project.

Ÿ  To involve young people through contacts at Chelford School and increase intergenerational work of the Association.

Ÿ  To improve the health and well being of residents in particular older people by providing attractive surroundings (Reference: The true value of community farms & gardens: Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens) “access to a garden has a great effect on a person's mental & physical health, social interaction, social inclusion”. Gardening & gardens have a great impact on mental health, reducing stress & promoting feelings of happiness. Further research (Mc Cabe 2007 & Richards 2005) support the finding that colours, scents, textures and sounds found in gardens and the seasons can be holistic, connecting people with nature and giving them a sense of time passing and things moving on. The project has the support of the local surgery with regards the health benefits, both physical and mental which the project will contribute to.

Ÿ  Community spaces help to reduce anti social behaviour.

Ÿ  Increase confidence, skills, knowledge and creativity of members of Chelford TARA & others (e.g. children shows “real science“ & environmental factors)

Ÿ  Provide “ownership” of the improved area for continued enjoyment

Ÿ  Impact on local economy: it is intended to use local suppliers wherever is possible, including Chelford Horticultural Market & local nurseries

Ÿ  Act as a catalyst for the Chelford TARA and the wider local community to take a pride in the village and to start other projects. Research has shown the more people are involved the more pride they will take