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Working in Partnership to Reduce Loneliness & Social Isolation

11/03/2019

Gosport Voluntary Action and Age UK Portsmouth have been awarded funding from the National Lottery’s Partnerships Fund and are working together with South-Central Ambulance Service, Age Concern Gosport and the University of Portsmouth to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people.

The three-year project aims to alleviate pressure on ambulance services, offering support, advice and companionship to older, frequent callers with no medical need.

The project is divided into independent strands which will work cohesively with one another to deliver the aims of the project.

GVA will continue to deliver their existing Befriending and Advocacy service as part of the project, however the age requirement to access the service has been lowered to 55 years old.

People who are housebound and/or very lonely but want to continue living independently could be offered GVA’s befriending opportunities such as having one-to-one visitor once a week and in time can choose to attend a Come Here and Talk (CHAT) social group.

The Advocacy service can help people to understand their rights and support them to get their views across, such as at appointments and meetings. Volunteer advocates are independent of statutory services and local government. They represent wishes without judging or giving their personal opinion.

All services are free and all Advocates and Befrienders are volunteers, with enhanced DBS checks undertaken and references acquired.

For more information, please see our Befriending and Advocacy pages or contact Dawn Ward on 02392 601314 or homeserve@gva.org.uk

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